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The Indiaman 's Gravenhage was part of the 'kermis' (fair) fleet that departed from Texel on 28-10-1628. So called because of the October fair in Amsterdam. 

The famous Batavia that stranded on the Abrolhos islands near Australia  was also part of the kermis fleet.

The fleet: Batavia, Buren, Dordrecht, 's-Gravenhage, Assendelft, Kleine David en Zaandam (Saerdam).

Commander was Francisco Pelsaert who wrote the account of the mutiny of the Batavia.

 After her third retour voyage she stayed in the East. 

Gravenhage en Vlissingen in ge3vecht 1638

APortuguese galeon attacked by 's Gravenhage (left)  and The Vlissingen (right). (Pen drawing Rijksmuseum detail 1640).

's Gravenhage was part of the fleet sent from Batavia under command Adam Westerwolt to conquer Goa in India in 1638.

In the sea battle just outside Goa, 's Gravenhage entered together with The Vlissingen  a Spanish galleon. After an explosion on the Galleon the 3 ships went down together.


Built: 1628

Yard:  Amsterdam

Chamber: VOC Amsterdam

Master: Jan Cornelisz.

Tonnage: 300 , 150 last

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