Searching for a symbolic shipwreck in Table Bay : Haarlem (1647)

Show simple item record Werz, B.E.J.S. (Bruno) Steenkamp, Willem H.B. Prowse, Mark R. 2018-02-15T08:12:53Z 2018-02-15T08:12:53Z 2017-09
dc.description.abstract When on 25 March 1647 the VOC ship Haarlem stranded in Table Bay, nobody expected that this incident would become the catalyst that created one of the roots of current multiracial and multicultural South African society.1 Of the ship’s crew, 58 were repatriated soon after stranding, but 62 men stayed behind to try and salvage as much of the cargo as possible. During their sojourn, the men from Haarlem came into contact with indigenous people. Upon returning to the Netherlands, the crew reported favourably of their experiences. As a result, VOC management decided to establish a much-needed stopover for its ships that later developed into the City of Cape Town. Although no conclusive physical evidence of the wreck has yet been obtained, the multidisciplinary approach followed in an effort to locate the wreck of the Haarlem is reported here. The basis is provided by historical information that is contained in archival documentation. Of particular importance are contemporary eyewitness accounts, as contained in part of a journal that was kept by the junior merchant from the Haarlem, Leendert Jansz, and associated correspondence.2,3 Jansz was put in charge of the salvage attempts that followed the wrecking. Additional information could be abstracted from a report by commissioners who visited the wreck during the course of 1647; details provided by the commander of the fleet that repatriated the remainder of the crew in 1648; accounts by the first commander of the settlement at the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck; as well as a contemporary published description of the Cape of Good Hope. en_ZA
dc.description.department Historical and Heritage Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Werz BEJS, Steenkamp WHB, Prowse MR. Searching for a symbolic shipwreck in Table Bay: Haarlem (1647). S Afr J Sci. 2017;113(9/10), Art. #a0227, 4 pages. http:// 10.17159/sajs.2017/a0227. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2222-3436 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/sajs.2017/a0227
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Author(s). Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. en_ZA
dc.subject Dutch East India Company en_ZA
dc.subject Geophysical survey en_ZA
dc.subject Dolphin Beach en_ZA
dc.subject Haarlem (1647)  en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Searching for a symbolic shipwreck in Table Bay : Haarlem (1647) en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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