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The ship lifted up by pack ice, August-September 1596


The ship lifted up by pack ice, August-September 1596

Veer, Gerrit de

The image combines various episodes from the first half of September 1596. In the foreground, the ship is lifted out of the water by pack ice, and it is harassed by polar bears. On the top right the two boats and the supplies are brought onto land. On the top left a great supply of driftwood is found, which would subsequently be used to build the so-called Safe House, in which the crew would spend the winter.

From the Wahrhafftige Relation, the German version of Gerrit de Veer’s journal, published in 1598. (See under ‘documentation’ for details.)

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Sources and literature

Veer, Gerrit de, Om de Noord: de tochten van Willem Barentsz en Jacob van Heemskerck en de overwintering op Nova Zembla, zoals opgetekend door Gerrit de Veer (1598)

Veer, Gerrit de, Warhafftige Relation. Der dreyen newen unerhörten seltzamen Schiffart so die Holländischen und Seeländischen Schiff....Anno 1594, 1595 und 1596 verricht (NG-1979-564) (1598)