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Collision between two ships, 6 August 1595


Collision between two ships, 6 August 1595

Veer, Gerrit de

Two of the expedition ships, identified as the Gouden Windhond, which carried Barentsz and Heemskerck, and the ‘ship of the Vice Admiral’ (i.e. the Hoop, a ship from Enkhuizen led by Brant IJsbrants, which also carried Van Linschoten), collide in bad weather. In the water we see four drowning men; on the left, a fifth man is thrown a rope from another ship, the Rotterdam. Indeed, the journal mentions how four man drowned as a result of the collision, with a fifth one being saved.

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)