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View of the island of Onrust near Batavia


View of the island of Onrust near Batavia

Backhuijsen, Ludolf / Storck, Abraham

View of the island of Onrust near Batavia.

Shown on the left are workers, probably slaves, carrying out maintenance work to the ship's hull, otherwise known as 'kalefateren'

To the right vessels head for the mooring quay, which is equipped with a crane for loading and unloading goods.

The roofs of the warehouses protrude above the surrounding wall. A Dutch step gable marks the residence of the most senior company official: the 'Baas van Onrust' or 'Baas van de timmerlieden'. (The boss of Onrust or the carpenters' boss). The two windmills are both for sawing timber; it was here they sawed the wood needed for ship repairs.

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Sources and literature

Wagenaar, L., Eiland Onrust bij Batavia als onderdeel van het VOC-scheepsbedrijf in de 17de en 18de eeuw (1990)

Brakel, K. van, Indiƫ omlijst: vier eeuwen schilderkunst in Nederlands-Indiƫ (1998)