In 2002 a new museum, the 'muZEEum' will be opening to the public in Vlissingen. The main theme of the museum will be the maritime history of Zeeland including the important cities of Middleburg and Vlissingen. Zeeland was prominent in the maritime trade of the 17th and 18th centuries due to its proximity to centers of trade and power such as Antwerp, Gent and Brugge. Hundreds of East Indiamen left Vlissingen for the Indies.
In the 19th century large portions of the V.O.C. records for the area of Zeeland were lost. Investigations and excavations are one of the few ways of reconstructing maritime history. The museum will be the central place to research and study the maritime history of the Province. The records of the excavation of the Vliegent Hart as well as many of the artefacts recovered will form one the largest collections of information from a V.O.C. wreck in the Netherlands. These sources will be accessible to visitors within the museum and externally by using electronic media.
Diving the Wreck
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Background image: Barrel stave recovered from the Vliegent Hart, bearing the V.O.C. monogram (Chamber of Zeeland) and the date 1735, the year the vessel sank.