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In 1683, a naval squadron under the command of Lt. Admiral Willem Bastiaensz Schepers was sent to the Baltic Sea to assist Denmark against Sweden.

On the journey home, the North Sea squadron was hit by a heavy storm. In the night of November 15, 1683 the following ships were wrecked: Woerden. Hollandia, Tydverdryf. Prins te paard. Leeuwen, Gouda, Westfriesland, Wapen van Monnickendam.

In total, the disaster took the lives of approximately 1,200 people, making it one of the largest disasters in Dutch history. (wikipedia)


Built: admiraliteit werf Amsterdam, 1665
Owner: admiraliteit Amsterdam
Armament: 50 (12x 18p , 10 x 12p, 22 x8p, 6x3p)
Complement 200 crew, 45 soldiers (1672)

MasterGilles Scheij
People on board255
Length141.1 feet (43 m)


  • Bender, J.A. (2914).
    Dutch warships in the age of sail p.250.
  • De Jonge, J.C (1860).
    Geschiedenis van Nederland ter zee. Deel III, p. 17 ev.

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