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Sparenrijk was built by the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), the Dutch East India Company, in 1745. She made four successful voyages to the Dutch East Indies and back to the Netherlands. Returning to Patria on her fifth voyage, she encountered a heavy storm on 27 March 1762 and sank in the harbour of Matara, along with the ships Rhoon and Rijder.


Armed merchantman

Built: 1745

VOC Chamber: Amsterdam

Wharf: Amsterdam

Length: 136 ft

Complement: 174 - 236

Tonnage: 850 tons, 425 last

Captain on final voyage: Andries Lint

A replica of the VOC Ship Amsterdam, built in 1748, three years after Sparenrijk.

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