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Maritime heritage consists of all heritage that has a relationship with water, both under water and on land. This heritage consists not only of shipwrecks, but also of ports, docks, bridges, waterways and even warehouses.

Dutch ships have been in every corner of the world. Many ships were wrecked during these voyages, for example due to bad weather or armed conflict. The traces of Dutch maritime history can be found all over the world. This concerns shipwrecks from the Admiralty, the Dutch East India Company (VOC), the West India Company (WIC) and the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Examples are the VOC ship Rooswijk that sank off the coast of England and the shipwrecks of Dutch navy ships that perished during the Second World War at the Battle of the Java Sea in Indonesia.

Management of shipwrecks abroad

To preserve maritime heritage for future generations, the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) researches what is valuable, what needs to be protected? In the International Maritime Heritage program (2019-2021), the RCE is making an extra effort to achieve this, for example in projects such as #Rooswijk1740 and the (Dutch) Caribbean, but also by developing knowledge in the field of policy and management and by focusing on international collaborations.

In our program, we work together with the Ministries of Education, Defense, Foreign Affairs and the Central Government Real Estate Agency.

Shared Cultural Heritage

Within the Shared Cultural Heritage program, we focus on the maritime heritage that connects the Netherlands with one of partner countries including Australia, Brazil and South Africa.