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Geinwens was built in the Netherlands by the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), the Dutch East India Company, in 1765, and made two successful voyages to the Dutch East Indies and back to the Netherlands. She also sailed for the Chamber of Sealand.

On 23 October 1775, Geinwens was ready to leave Galle and set sail for Cochin (Kochi) to get a load of pepper. In the bay of Galle she ran on a bank. She managed to get off the bank again with help from the anchors, but the keel was badly damaged, so it was decided to break her up.


Most likely a Dutch East Indiaman (spiegelretourschip) based on known specifications.

Built: 1765 for the Dutch East India company (VOC) Chamber: Amsterdam

Wharf: Amsterdam

Length: 150 ft

Complement: 285-359

Tonnage: 1100 tons, 550 lasts

Captain on final voyage: Michiel Hendrik Kerke

A full size replica of Amsterdam, a VOC spiegelretourschip from 1748.

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