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Historical description

The ship Nieuwerkerk wrecked in 1748 when she was traveling on a voyage from Batavia to Banda. It was the fourth time the Dutch East India-man reached the East fortrade of products such as spices and ceramics.

The DAS database states Jan Akkerman as master of the ship on it's last voyage.

Two other masters (Francois Pennink and Reinier van der Luchten) are mentioned.

Because the ship failed to reach Banda, has had an immense impact on the live on

Banda. Not only did the Nieuwerkerk wreckon her way to Banda, also the Maarsseveen

and Leeuwerik got lost during their trip to Banda from Batavia. These losses of ships with cargo meant for Banda contained supplies. Due to this lose there was a lack of rice at Banda.

Archaeological description:

The wreck of the Nieuwerkerk was discovered and excavated by the salvage company Maritime Explorations. This project was led by Michael Flecker, who is the director of the company Maritime Explorations.

Reports regarding this excavation are not available at the moment and have yet to be released. Archaeologically we can thus provide no information on the state of the wrecksite and its mobilia. Hopefully there will be an excavation report available in the future.

Description

General information:

Name: Nieuwerkerk.

Type: East Indiaman.

Built: 1735.

Yard: Rammekens.

Chamber: Zeeland.

Tonnage: 1135.

Length: 145 foot.

Complement: 230-300.

East Indiaman. Source: www.helmink.com

Status

Status

The wreck of the Nieuwerkerk was discovered and excavated by the salvage company

Maritime Explorations. This project was led by Michael Flecker, who is the director of the company Maritime Explorations. Reports regarding this excavation are not available at the moment and have yet to be released.

East Indiaman

Roman structures