Ship: Flower of Gelder (Gelderse Bloom)

Image Credits

Len Tantillo, View of Fort Orange 1652, Flower of Gelder at Anchor

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The Flower of Gelder is famous for bringing immigrants and goods to New Netherland.

The Dutch merchant ship, "Flower of Gelderland," at anchor,1652

By the 1650’s the Dutch settlement of FortOrange and Rensselaerswyck had evolved into a thriving community of great diversity. What began as a simple fur trading outpost in 1614 now included agricultural development, lumber production, brick-making, brewing, and shipbuilding. New immigrant colonists mostly from the Netherlands were arriving on a regular basis. The painting features the arrival of the ship, Flower of Gelderland. Fort Orange and the houses of Beverwyck are seen in the right background. The arrival of large merchant ships in 17th century Albany was a rare occasion and always a cause of celebration and anticipation of news from home.

Additional information on the period and merchant trading vessels can be found in the film Broadsides by Docema:


Note please add info from Julie Van Hout's database here.