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The Zaltbommel left Hellevoetsluis on September 4, 1856. On board were 93 orphans, who left for South Africa as emigrants. Also on board was the world-famous traveler: Ida Pfeiffe.*

The Zaltbommel arrived safely in Table Bay at the Cape on November 18, 1856. During this stop, she offloaded some of the orphans, who stayed on at the Cape.

Following her departure to Algoa Bay on the morning of December 3, the barque foundered at Green Point, Cape Town.

*The Viennese globetrotter went to Madagascar via Mauritius. She describes her journey on the Zaltbommel in her posthumously published book Reise nach Madagaskar


Built: Cornelis Smit, Alblasserdam
Owner: Firma Van Overzee & Co., Rotterdam

MasterC J Juta
Tonnage600 ton


  • 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    Dutch Shipwrecks in South African Waters: A Brief History of Sites, Stores and Archives [Unpublished].
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