Collapsing ice and various activities at Cape Nassau, July 1597
Veer, Gerrit de
In the foreground to the left, the ice sheet is breaking into pieces; as the crew brings one boat to safety, the other one ends up in the ice floe, with a sick crew member still on board, and the supplies which were stored on the ice are partly lost. In the background, birds are being hunted, a polar bear is being chased off (4 July) and part of the velvet, which had become wet in the mishap, is being rinsed and dried.
From the Wahrhafftige Relation, the German version of Gerrit de Veer’s journal, published in 1598. (See under ‘documentation’ for details.)Please contact Rijksmuseum Amsterdam for reuse and copyrights.