Last weekend I have been to Den Helder. Don't ask me how I got there. It's a small (run down) town all the way up north of Holland..... That is jsut one and a half hour by car :), but in my country that is a very big trip.
I was in the neighbourhood and thought let's take a look at the town. Really nothing special, but there is a museum island. Den Helder used to be a basis for the marine. At the island is a replica of a VOC ship.
It is huge and exact copies of the original ‘Prins Willim’, the biggest ship ever build by the VOC.
The original perished at the coast of Madagascar in 1662. Fascinating to have witnessed this ship, unfortunately it was closed (I was there on a Sunday), so I couldn't see the ship from the inside.
I took several shots and thought to use some for Daily Photo.
And then it bruned down.
I was working home yesterday and I got an update mail from the news. The same ship has completely burned down the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. Two days after I visited it... These are pictures of the news. I couldn't believe my eyes.
What a waste.
The firemen couldn't do anything.
It's gone now. I am almost superstitious about it. The fact that I have seen it was such a coincident. Such a glorious ship.
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