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The Mentor vessel foundered off the southern Cape coast in a gale. Tragically, many aboard were lost, with only two survivors. The survivors were found on 9 January by the French vessel Salomon, clinging to a piece of the wreckage.

An Invoice value of 150971 guilders was attached to the cargo of the Mentor (Bruijn et al., 1979) The Mentor’s cargo was owned by the VOC Amsterdam Chamber, but the Mentor itself may have been privately owned.

MasterJohan de Korte
Tonnage1150 ton (575 last)


  • SAHRA Database.
  • Lesa la Grange, Martijn Manders, Briege Williams, John Gribble and Leon Derksen (2024).
    Dutch Shipwrecks in South African Waters: A Brief History of Sites, Stores and Archives [Unpublished].
  • Bruijn J. R., Gaastra F. S., Schöffer I. (1979).
    Dutch-Asiatic Shipping in the 17th and 18th centuries.
    The Hague.
  • Reinier Nooms.
    Het schip De Salamander.

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