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Clearing a passage for the boats, June 1597


Clearing a passage for the boats, June 1597

Veer, Gerrit de

On the 12th of June, a passage was cleared from he Safe House to be able to bring the boats and supplies to the sea. A polar bear attack taking place that day is also depicted. In the background the safe house, which is now missing a sizable number of planks, used to reinforce the boats and raise their boards.

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)