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History

Historical Description

Rhoon was built in the Netherlands by the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), the Dutch East India Company, in 1752, and made two successful voyages to the Dutch East Indies and back to the Netherlands.

On the returning leg of her third voyage, Rhoon, along with the two other ships she was sailing with, Sparenrijk and Rijder, were caught in a violent storm, and all three ships were lost in the harbor of Matara in modern day Sri Lanka. The ship Mariënbos was wrecked in the same storm in the harbour of Colombo.

Replica of a Dutch East Indiaman (18th century).

Description

Most likely a Dutch East Indiaman (spiegelretourschip) based on known specifications.

Built: 1752 for the Dutch East India company (VOC) Chamber: Zeeland

Wharf: Middelburg

Length: 150 ft

Complement: 273-288

Tonnage: 1150 tons, 575 lasts

Captain on final voyage: Jan Bernard Schaper

East Indiaman

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