dutch Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie - VOC Witte Leeuw [+1613]
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nationality dutch
purpose transport
type pinnace-yacht
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1601
status
unknown
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weight (tons) 540  bm
dimensions
material wood
rigging
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about the loss
cause lost naval battle
date lost 13/06/1613  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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depth (m.) 38 max. / 32 min. (m)
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war grave
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entered by Jan Lettens
entered 28/08/2008
last update Jan Lettens
last update 03/01/2009
 
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Jan Lettens03/01/2009
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Jan Lettens06/06/2010Witte Leeuw (Capt. Roelof Simonsz. de Bloem), a jacht of the Dutch Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, was engaged in a battle with two Portuguese carracks, whereunder the Almeida (Capt. Dom Geronimo de Almeida) and was lost off Saint Helens on June 13th, 1613.

They formed part of a convoy returning to Holland with spices, Ming porcelain and over 1.300 diamonds.

Witte Leeuw blew up when her magazine exploded. Part of her crew was saved and returned on board of the Vlissingen and the Bantam.

She was found by the Belgian diver Robert Sténuit in 1977 in the Bay of Jamestown in 38m deep water. He identified her with one of her cannons, found 7 of her 25 cannons, tons of pepper, beautiful well preserved artifacts, but no diamonds.

Contradictory reporting: one says Bantam was lost as well, the other says Bantam returned home.
Jan Lettens03/01/2009Further readings on the Witte Leeuw:
Jan Lettens28/08/2008UK hydro member
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