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The Zoetendaal was homeward-bound and had left Batavia with a cargo of rice when it wrecked at Struisbaai, near the wetland that now bears its name. Four lives were lost during the incident, but the remaining survivors managed to reach Cape Town. The captain had died during the voyage (30 January 1673) and was succeeded by Willem van der Hop.

MasterKerseboom, Simon (died)
People on board50
Length128 feet (39 m)
Width28 feet (8.5 m)
Draft12.5 feet (3.8 m)
Tonnage448 ton (224 last)


The wreck was possibly salvaged, but not much is known about this wreck.


  • Bruijn et al. (eds).
    DAS 1235.2.
  • Leon Derksen, John Gribble, Lesa la Grange, Martijn Manders and Briege Williams (2023).
    Dutch Shipwrecks in South African Waters: A Brief History of Sites, Stores and Archives [Unpublished].

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