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In 1691, she wrecked off Point Pedro in modern day Sri Lank carrying 47 sailors, 40 soldiers, and 3 passengers. The ship was subsequently broken up and the wood was used to build a new boat.


 is a Kat, which is a Dutch ship type from the 17th and 18th centuries that was used in the Netherlands, England, and Scandanavia mostly as a merchant vessel. These vessels were very angular, with a flat bottom and shallow draft, suitable to shallow waters. They were light but slow, and could not be heavily loaded.

Wharf: Amsterdam

Complement: 80

Tonnage: 416

Length: 116 ft

Beam: 27 ft

Moulded depth (top of keel to bottom of upper deck): 12 ft

A Dutch Kat (painting by J.C. Rietschoof, ca. 1700).

MasterJan van Haaren van Amsterdam


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