During a historical spectacle on May 12, 2018, a replica of the sand yacht designed by Simon Stevin will be unveiled. In 1602 he reached a speed of 40 km per hour on a journey to Petten. The sand yacht is being rebuilt by students from ROC Mondriaan. During this spectacle weekend there will also be a demonstration of old Scheveningen crafts. (Starting time still subject to change)
Simon Stevin Simon Stevin or Stevijn (Bruges, 1548 - The Hague or Leiden, 1620) was an applied physicist, mathematician and engineer from Flanders. He invented the decimal system for fractions and gave the fortress construction a mathematical foundation. He pioneered many contributions to theory and practice in mathematics, physics and applied sciences, such as hydraulic engineering and land surveying. Thanks to Stevin, Dutch received its own scientific words such as "mathematics", "physics", "chemistry", "astronomy", "geometry", "philosophy".
Simon Stevin Sand Yacht Stevin designed this sand yacht for Maurits in 1601/1602. First a test model was built and then a sand yacht was constructed for a large group. Maurits used the yacht to amuse his guests. The first trip was made in February 1602, with 27 domestic and foreign diplomats present. In two hours they drove from Scheveningen to Petten, at an unprecedented average speed of 50 km / h. The sand yacht was used to entertain guests for two centuries, but at the beginning of the 19th century its condition had become so bad that the yacht and prototype were sold.