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History

Historical description

The Terschelling was a yacht sailing for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). She left the port of Batavia on the 3rd of September 1661 with the ships Wezop, Brouwershaven and Nieuwenhoven destined for Bengale (present day Bangladesh). She got stuck on several sandbanks and finally sank northeast of the island Sundiva/Sunda. Survivors of the wreck had quite a challenging journey with starvation, becoming slaves or served in the army of a local king before getting the opportunity to return to Holland.

The unfortunate loss of the yacht Terschelling was written about inthe book "Vervarelyke schip-breuk van 't Oost-Indisch jacht ter Schelling" written by Franz Janssen van der Heiden. This book describes the loss of the ship and the events that followed with the crew on their journey back to patria after the loss of the ship.

 Terschelling plaat

Picture from the book.

Archaeological description

The ship has not yet been located and therefore, no archaeological information is available regarding the Terschelling. Below is a map from the Bay and Kingdom of Bengale published around 1662. This map mentioned the approximate location of the wrecks Schiedam and Terschelling.

Terschelling

A map from the Bay and Kingdom of Bengale, published around 1662.

Description

Master: Jacob Janszoon Stroom.

Built: 1654.

Yard: Amsterdam.

Chamber: Amsterdam.

Guns: 36-39.

Tonnage: 520, 260 last.

Complement: 85.

 

References

References written

  • Heyden, F. J. van der., 1944: Vervarelyke schip-breuk van 't Oost-Indische jacht Terschelling onder het landt van Bengale; verhalende desselfs verongelukken, en den gruwelijken hongers-noot van 32 schip-breukelingen op zeker onbewoont eilant.. als ook hoe sy van het selve eilant in Bengale landen.. Uitgegeven en van prenten, aanteekeningen en een inleiding voorzien door C.E. Warnsinck-Delprat. Voorwoord van W. Voorbeijtel Cannenburg. Utrecht, W. de Haan.

 Terschelling 2

The book on the loss of Terschelling.

East Indiaman

Roman structures