25 :: Flagship (17th century)

A flagship can be told from another by the number of lanterns on her poop. Lecouvie shows us two, though the distinguishing number was probably three. His goal here is to represent a Dutch vessel by the celebrated Michael Adriaanszoon de Ruyter (1607–1676).

 

Lecouvie is not aiming for the perfect thoroughness of the architect, or of the archaeologist. Would he have made such a collection had he had the concerns of a scientist?