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The Buis went ashore in the area around the Salt River mouth in a north-westerly gale a mere 10 days after her arrival in the Cape. The vessel broke up rapidly, with only 5 survivors from a crew of 81. The vessel’s cables parted and she was driven ashore at 4pm close to the wreck of the Westerwyk.

Jobling lists the date of wrecking as 21 May. Date may be 5/21/1737.

Eight other vessels wrecked that day, which resulted in the loss of a total of 208 lives and £160 000 of cargo.


MasterHendrik Orsel
People on board80
Tonnage600 ton (300 last)


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    Ramp van 21 mei 1737. Het verhaal van de grootste scheepsramp uit de VOC-geschiedenis. [Unpublished paper].
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