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The Venus & Lynx were the first iteration of Pieter Glavimans's new corvet design. Similar to the Wreker-class, several would be build in Amsterdam and some in Rotterdam.

The venus would be constructed in Amsterdam by Pieter Schuijt Jr , overseen by Glavimans himself the Lynx would be constructed in Rotterdam. Both ships would lead completely different career paths.

The measurement of the ships (amsterdamse voet):

120 ft x 33 9/11 ft x 16 8/11 ft

In meters:

34,0 x 9,6 x 4,8




20x 12 pd

From 1818 was designated to carry:

20x 30pd carronade


The plan of the Lynx & Venus:




Wooden reference models made:





The Lynx only lasted a few years, being scrapped from the records in 1813.

The Venus however had a rather interesting career. Most notable of which was the part she played during the Siege of Palembang:


As seen in the center, marked with an F, you can see the positioning of the Venus. During the assault, she took the brunt of the fire, whilst the other ships in the fleet cleared the shores for landing. A passage of what happened that day:

'' De volgende aanval vond de 24ste plaats; voor het aanbreken van de dag namen de oorlogsschepen hun posities in en beantwoordden het vijandelijke vuur vanaf vijf uur. Om kwart over zes verminderde dit vijandelijke vuur; kolonel Bisschof, die met zijn troepen in landingsboten door de palen heendrong, ondernam een aanval aan de linkerkant van het eiland. De batterij werd overmeesterd en de kapiteins Elout en Dibbets en luitenant Lejeune wisten de Nederlandse vlag op de vijandelijke versterkingen te plaatsen.

Een poging om de grote batterij van voren aan te vallen werd als onverstandig geoordeeld en de troepen verenigden zich aan de kant van het eiland om daar de rivier over te steken en de batterijen op de rechteroever aan te vallen. Intussen hadden de Venus en de Ajax de waterbatterijen tot zwijgen gebracht.

Roughly translated:

'' The next attack took place on the 24th; before the break of dawn the warships took their positions and started to return the enemy fire. Around quarter past six enemy canon fire started to reduce, which was the signal for colonel Bisschof to make his move. With his troops in landings rafts he penetrated the poles and launched an attack on the left side of the Island. The battery was taken and the captains Elout and Dibbets and Lieutenant Lejeune managed to joist the Dutch flag.

An attempt to frontally attack the big battery was deemed unwise and the troops assembled on the east side of the island, preparing to attack the right shore battery. In the meantime the Venus and Ajax managed to silence the shore battery more inland.''

The ship as well as her captain and crew was honored for their steadfast performance. Sadly the damage she suffered was substantial. Her after action report shows a total of 7 dead and 17 wounded.

In 1821, after the major repairs, the Venus would be transferred to the colonial navy (Dutch East Indies) where she would serve until 1823 when she was sold to the public. In October, still unmoved at the shipyard, she was demolished.




Based on the lines of the 1806 corvets, an improved design was put to use in 1818. To replace the lost 1806 Lynx.

Spoiler for those who are interested:


A total of 5 ships was put to sea with the new design: Lynx, Galathe, Zeepaard, Dolfijn, Komeet.

The measurement of the ships (amsterdamse voet):

130 ft x 34 ft x 17 ft

In meters:

36,8 x 9,6 x 4,8




20x 12 pd

8x 12 pd carronade

These ships were also influenced by the naval board's decision to equip more 30pd carronades.



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