The replica ship was designed by Fred Walker, former Chief Naval Architect with the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. The recreation was modelled closely on that of the 17th century Dutch East India ship, the ‘Batavia’.
Work began in 1993 and was completed in 2002. The ship is built with larch planks on oak frames, but to comply with international maritime regulations some concessions to modernity had to be made.
The Jeanie Johnston sailed to Canada and the United States in 2003, on a hugely successful trip which brought large crowds to see her in every port. She has since made several further trips.