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The Voetboog left Batavia on the 21th January 1700 and should check in at Cape town South Africa but never did. She probably was blown out of course and wrecked near Recife on 29th May 1700.


A team of the Hungarian Octopus Association for Marine Archeology claimed to have found the wreck site of the Voetboog just of coast Recife Brasil.

Anchor in situ.



The Voetboog was a fluytship from the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Built in 1687 for the VOC chamber Amsterdam. She was lost on her home voyage from Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia) to the Netherlands.

Length: 130 ft
Width: 32 ft.
Complement: 150

Fuyt ca. 1700.


The team of Octopus Association for Marine Archaeology found the wreckage in October 2008, but announced the discovery only after the first phase of examinations came to an end. "Over the past 309 years, the ship has virtually disintegrated," Szaloky said.

The objects found suggest that it is indeed the wreckage of Voetboog, which is lying on the seabed under several meters thick of sediment.


Although there were already some Muslims at the Cape before the arrival of Yusuf, he is regarded as the founder of Islamic faith at the Cape. The name Zandvliet disappeared many years ago, when the area was renamed Macassar, in honour of Sheikh Yusuf's place of birth.
See also: The presidency Republik of South Africa

Dutch Cape town in 1679


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Roman structures