When, we may ask, did the ship ’t Wapen van
Amsterdam survey the South-land? There certainly
was a ship of that name by the side of another vessel,
named Amsterdam pur et simple
to the Register of departures of vessels of the E.I.C.,
preserved in the State Archives at the Hague, this
ship set sail from the Netherlands on May 11, 1613.
I have found no reliable trace of later date of this
vessel, and the documents know nothing of any exploration
of the South-land by her. I am inclined to think
that Leupe is mistaken here. The letter itself,
which is contained in the copying-book of letters,
preserved in the State Archives, has suffered much
from theravages of time. Between the words “Zeewolff”
and “Amsterdam” the paper has suffered
so much that nothing is left of the intervening letters.
L. C. D. Van Dijk, in his Mededeelingen uit het Oost-Indisch
archief. Amsterdam, Scheltema
, 1859 p.
2, note 2, has also printed the letter in question.
He puts the words: “’t Wapen van”
in parentheses, in order to denote that they are merely
conjectural. Leupe may have inadvertently omitted
these parentheses. Perhaps the original text
read: “ende Amsterdam”. In this
case there would have been two times question of Dedel’s
voyages: once by a reference to the ship Amsterdam;
and afterwards by mentioning Dedel’s name itself.
I must not however omit to make mention here of what
the Instructions for Tasman’s second voyage,
dated January 29, 1644, say about an unsuccessful
expedition undertaken by the ship ’t Wapen van
Amsterdam to the south coast of New Guinea in 1619.]
* * * * *
(1619). VOYAGE OF THE SHIPS DORDRECHT AND AMSTERDAM
UNDER COMMANDER FREDERIK DE HOUTMAN, SUPERCARGO JACOB
DEDEL, AND SKIPPERS REYER JANSZOON VAN BUIKSLOOT AND
MAARTEN CORNELISZOON(?), FROM THE NETHERLANDS TO THE
EAST-INDIES.—FURTHER DISCOVERY OF THE WEST-COAST
OF AUSTRALIA: DEDELSLAND AND HOUTMAN’S
Letter of Commander FREDERIK DE HUTMAN to
Prince Alaurice, October 7, 1619.
Most Noble Highborn Prince,
Most Highborn Prince, my last letter to Your Princely
Excellency was dated May the 20th last from the Taefelbay
near Cabo de bonne esperance with the ship Anna from
Now as regards my subsequent progress I would inform
Your Excellency that on the 8th of June we set sail
from the Tafelbay with a fair wind with the ships
Dordrecht and Amsterdam, add that on the 19th of July
following we suddenly came upon the Southland of Beach
[*] in 32 degrees 20 minutes. We spent a few
days there in order to get some knowledge of the same,
but the inconvenience of being unable to make a landing,
together with the heavy gales, prevented us from effecting
our purpose, upon which shaping our course for Java,
we got sight of the same on the 19th of August, and
arrived safely before Jacatra on the 3rd of September...