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Historical Description

Aagtekerke was built for use by the VOC chamber of Zeeland, but was lost on her maiden voyage to the Dutch East Indies. She ran aground and sunk near Plymouth, England, in December, 1721.

Archaeological Description

In 2012, a book was published by an amateurr diver called "Blind Faith", detailing his, and a handful of others, excavation for a number of years of a wreck that he believes to be Aagtekerke. This identification is presently unsubstantiated, as is the legality of any excavation undertaken on this wreck, be it Aagtekerke or otherwise.

The finds of this site have been reported to include cannons, bricks, and ballast blocks, among other things.


One of the cannons from the site that may be Aagtekerke.


Type: Dutch East Indiaman

Built: 1720, on a wharf in Middelburg

VOC Chamber: Zeeland

Tonnage: 800, 400 last

Length: 145 ft

Complement: 250

Captain: Nicolaas Rabodus

A painting of a Dutch East Indiaman from the same period as Aagtekerke.

East Indiaman

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