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The Avenhorn wrecked on Woodstock Beach in a north-westerly gale on the night of 16-17 May.

Fortunately, no lives were lost when the Avenhorn ran aground. No cargo was lost either because the vessel was about to proceed to Mossel Bay to pick up a cargo of wheat for Batavia.

MasterThobiasz., A. Arend
People on board100
Tonnage880 ton (440 last)


The whereabouts of the Avenhorn is currently unknown as it lies beneath reclaimed land.


  • Dutch-Asiatic Shipping.
    Details of voyage 8201.1 from Batavia.
    Huygens ING.
  • Lesa la Grange, Martijn Manders, Briege Williams, John Gribble and Leon Derksen (2023).
    Dutch Shipwrecks in South African Waters: A Brief History of Sites, Stores and Archives [Unpublished].

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