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The Dageraad was a small merchant vessel sailing for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). She left the port of Wielingen on 18 January 1693 on her maiden voyage to the East.

The Dageraad was involved in a salvage action in St Helena's bay where another VOC vessel, the Gouden Buys, was stranded. When the Dageraad came near Capetown, she hit rocks on the West coast of Robben Island and 16 people on board the Dageraad lost their lives.


The Mercurius Willem van de Velde (ca. 1650).


The Dageraad was built in Middelburg and owned by the Zeeland Chamber of the Dutch East India Company. The cargo of the Dageraad consisted of 17 chests of valuables belonging to the Golden Buys, which was lost in October of 1693. The loss of the Dageraad and its contents was thus a significant loss to the Dutch East India Company.

Drawing of a yacht from Witsen 1671.

MasterJan Tak
People on board75
Length100 feet (30.5 m)
Tonnage140 ton (70 last)



No salvage is known. The wreck of the Dageraad is protected in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act, No. 25 of 1999. This act regards historic shipwrecks as well. The site may not be disturbed without the permission of the South African Resources Agency (SAHRA) and artifacts removed from the wreck may not be traded without SAHRA's permission.

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