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stern decorations

On the last day of SAIL Amsterdam '05, finally got to see some of the many tall ships. There is some confusion about the name of the Dutch East Indies Company replica ship the 'Prins Willim', or rather 'Prins Willem'.

Prins Willim

Legend has it that, back in 1651, the wood sculptor doing the elaborate stern decorations ran out of space with the name and decided to use an i instead of an e, as it's shorter and sounds about the same either way. That's what they call oldfashioned craftwork.

And so the replica builders in the 1980s faithfully repeated the mistake...

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