Friday, November 18, 2005
We now know how Sijmon Corneliszoon's ship was sunk in 1652
Ever since I had seen Vol.I of The First Dutch and had read that Sijmon Corneliszoon's Rotterdam Directors' ship had been sunk by gunfire. We now can be reasonably certain that this occurred in June 1652, and that the incident was that recorded by Dr. Elias in Vol.II of "Schetsen". I had attempted a translation and paraphrased that a few days ago. The mystery is solved. As usual, the mystery was caused by too many people (including myself) not having read enough of the published literature (much less the contents of the Nationaal Archief).