Dutch Ships

The Netherlands has a long tradition of exploration. They developed ships to explore the Northeast Passage to China and to travel with cargo to India. Many of these ships were used in merchant trading and eventually for exploration. The Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC), better known as the Dutch East India Company, built a wide variety of ships to use for trade and exploration. Some of history’s most famous explorers sailed for the VOC and used their ships.