Dutch-Asiatic shipping in the 17th and 18th centuries

‘Between 1595 and 1795 the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and its predecessors before 1602 equipped more than 4.700 ships to sail from the shores of the Netherlands bound for Asia. More than 3.400 ships made the return voyage home. Dutch-Asiatic shipping in the 17th and 18th centuries has classified these voyages on which Dutch trade between Europe and Asia was founded in a systematic survey.

The source material for this survey was pulled together from the logbooks kept at the VOC archive. Records were kept of the key aspects of every voyage: ship's name; captain's name; ship's tonnage; year and shipyard in which the ship was built; the VOC chamber on behalf of which the ship was transporting merchandise; departure dates, any stopovers the ship made on the journey (on the Cape of Good Hope) and its arrival date; crew (divided into different categories); value of the return load and any unusual incidents that occurred during the voyage, such as a mutiny or shipwreck; and the name of the commander of the homeward bound fleet.’

Voyages can be found by choosing from a large number of search criteria (under ‘Search’). In addition, it is possible to browse the data, sorted in various ways (under ‘Voyages’).

This is a project of Huygens ING, a research institute of history and culture, based in the Hague.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 10:54pm
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