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The Aagtekerke was built for use by the VOC chamber of Zeeland, but was lost on her maiden voyage to Asia. She ran aground and sank near Plymouth, England, in December 1721. The Dutch National archives hold a report on the loss in an archive connected to VOC archives, which indicates that there was a cargo of silver on board that was brought ashore by the crew during the loss. A part of it was stolen by the crew (Radermacher archive, 1.10.69, 247)


Built in 1720, on the VOC yard in Middelburg for the Zeeland Chamber.

Tonnage: 800 tons (400 last).

Painting of the Slot ter Hooge at Rammekens, Jan Voerman, ca. 1780

Muzeeum/Wikimedia Commons

A painting of a different Dutch East Indiaman of the Zeeland Chamber: The Slot ter Hoge on the Roads of Rammekens, Jan Voermans, ca. 1780.

MasterRabodus, Nikolaas
People on board250
Length145 feet (44.2 m)
Tonnage800 ton (400 last)


In 2010 a wrecksite was discovered by four commercial divers - Howard Jones, Ray Ives, Chris Bird and Mike Pellet, who after two years of work concluded this to be the final resting place of the Aagtekerke. There was no consent for their work on the wreck site and their claim that this is the Aagtekerke has not been confirmed. Jones self-published a book on the process: Blind Faith.

One of the cannons from the site that may be Aagtekerke

Howard Jones with a cannon on the wreck site. Western Morning News, 31 October 2012.


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