Hollandia (ship)

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Name: Hollandia
Owner: Dutch East India Company
Builder: Amsterdam Dockyard
Launched: 1742
Fate: Wrecked, 13 July 1743
General characteristics
Type: Fluyt
Tons burthen: 700 tons
Length: 42 m (137 ft 10 in)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 32 guns

Hollandia was a ship of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) which wrecked on Annet, Isles of Scilly on 13 July 1743 causing 276 fatalities. The wreck was discovered in 1971 by Rex Cowan, a London attorney.

History[edit]

Hollandia was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1742 in Amsterdam to a new design, as a 32 gun, 700 ton ship with a length of 42 metres (138 ft).[1] On 3 June 1743 she left Texel as part of a Batavia bound fleet carrying a large amount of trade coin and several important passengers. On 13 July 1743 she became separated from the fleet and struck Gunner Rock near Annet, Isles of Scilly in the early hours of the morning, sinking nearby with the loss of all hands.[2]

Salvage[edit]

Rex Cowan began his search for Hollandia in 1968, starting with Dutch and English archives and using advanced (for the time) equipment such as a proton magnetometer, finally locating the wreck on 16 September 1971. A large quantity of coins were recovered, as well as bronze cannons and mortars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The J B Close Collection of Historic Naval Cannon". Donnington, Newbury. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  2. ^ McFarland, F (June 1929). "From Far and Wide". Scillonian 4 (18): 183. 

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