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Fluyt or Flute

A typical Dutch cargo vessel from the 17th and 18th centuries with a maximum of space and crew efficiency. The design was pear-shaped, a large ‘belly’on the waterline and a small deck. The latter was a method to avoid high taxes collected by Denmark in the Oresund as the Baltic was very important to Dutch shipping and trade.
Due to e.g. loading ramps in the hull the ship became specialised in shipping timber, and with stronger planking the flute even sailed the oceans. The shallow-draught flute was popular along the European coast and even on voyages of discovery.


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