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Stayed in the Indies for inter Asiatic trade.

In the summer of 1633, the VOC ships Perdam, Zeeburg, Koudekerke, Zalm, Wieringen, Broekerhaven, Bleiswijk and Sloterdijk, in alliance with a pirate called Li Xiang carried out a surprise attack on the newly built Chinese fleet of admiral Zheng. He had been building a special new fleet, inspired by European ships.

"It is said," wrote the Dutch governor, "That such an armada of beautiful, big, well-armed junks . . . has never been seen before in China

He, in turn, retaliated on 22 October and surprised the Perdam, Zeeburg, Koudekerke, Zalm, Wieringen, Broekerhaven, Bleiswijk and Sloterdijk and 50 junks of Liu Xiang in the Erasmus Bay near the Hangziou river in China. Zheng attacked with Chinese armada of as many as 150 junks ships. The junks of Janglauw immediately fled when they saw the fleet. The Broekerhaven yacht was destroyed by fire during the attack and the Sloterdijk was taken.

Governor Putmans was able to get to Tayouan with the yachts Perdam, Zeeburg, Wieringen and Sloterdijk. The abandoned Koudekerke was surrounded by junks. and was therefore considered lost, Also the Zalm, which was sent to Koudekerke for assistance, was left behind. Both ships turned out to have been brought to safety.


Type: Yacht
Yard: Rotterdam , 1628
VOC Chamber Rotterdam

Complement: 35
Tonnage: 100, 50 last


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