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Interior of the Safe House, winter of 1596-1597


Interior of the Safe House, winter of 1596-1597

Veer, Gerrit de

The image shows the interior of the Safe House during the polar winter of 1596-1597. The cots of the crew members are seen against the back wall. To the left a clock, about which the journal mentions that it froze and the crew then had to make do with an hourglass, which is likewise depicted, on a table to the right. To the left a bath tub which the crew had constructed out of a large water barrel. Several crew members are sitting or lying around the fire; a man covered in blankets probably depicts the sick crew member who died in late January. At the fire, an arctic fox is being roasted. One of the crewmembers is outside, near a fox trap.

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)