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Searching for Haarlem (1647 CE):A Ship that Made History


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1 African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research, Exploration and Education (AIMURE) and Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria, 22 Pelican Drive, San Marina, Marina da Gama 7945, Cape Town, South Africa
 

In 1647 CE, the United Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Haarlem wrecked in Table Bay. The events that followed had far-reaching consequences, and this incident can be regarded as the catalyst that laid the basis for the modern multi racial South Africa. Since 1989, a project is underway to search for Haarlem. The present article provides a brief overview of work undertaken to date. This has resulted in the location of a site that, based on currently available evidence, probably contains the wreck.

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Cape Town, Haarlem, Saltpans, Table Bay, United Dutch East India Company.
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Authors

Bruno E. J. S. Werz
African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research, Exploration and Education (AIMURE) and Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria, 22 Pelican Drive, San Marina, Marina da Gama 7945, Cape Town, South Africa

Abstract


In 1647 CE, the United Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Haarlem wrecked in Table Bay. The events that followed had far-reaching consequences, and this incident can be regarded as the catalyst that laid the basis for the modern multi racial South Africa. Since 1989, a project is underway to search for Haarlem. The present article provides a brief overview of work undertaken to date. This has resulted in the location of a site that, based on currently available evidence, probably contains the wreck.

Keywords


Cape Town, Haarlem, Saltpans, Table Bay, United Dutch East India Company.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18520/cs%2Fv117%2Fi10%2F1679-1682