By Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe
First released in 1929. 'Fire and shipwreck, fights ashore and afloat, the pitting of ceaseless endurance and source opposed to destiny, this stuff make one comprehend why the e-book, recognized in its unique tongue, has yet to be savoured in translation to achieve an equivalent popularity.' Manchester mum or dad Bontekoe's East Indian Voyage used to be the most renowned books within which the Dutch 17th century public overjoyed and it endured to be reprinted during the 17th and eighteenth centuries. in addition to offering an illuminating perception into the machinations of the retailers and administrators of the East India corporation and the customarily waters of overseas alternate and international relations, the account is a really own one: of a man or woman combating opposed to elemental forces, at super odds, tenaciously conserving directly to existence and coming via in spite of everything.
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And while we were thus occupied each day, the sick whom we had put on land (as described) did all return to us, all in good health save seven who remained there; these we afterwards brought back in the boat to the ship. We tarred the ship within and without, setting open all the scuppers so that air would blow through, and sprinkled her in many places with vinegar; all to make a good wholesome air in the ship. We had for our use set up a sundial on land by which we could always see what time of day it was.
42 PLATE IV BONTEKOE’S EAST-INDIAN VOYAGE 41 42 JOURNAL OF there with them. I raised my hands and arms to Heaven and cried: “There I go, O Lord! ” I believed this to be my death, yet in being blown up I retained my understanding, and did feel a lightness in my heart that seemed to be mingled with a certain cheerfulness and I came down again into the water among the boards and fragments of the ship that was all to pieces. Lying in the water I received such new courage as if I had been a new man.
My back was much hurt, I had two BONTEKOE’S EAST-INDIAN VOYAGE 43 holes in my head, nay, it was so bad that I thought, “O Lord! in a little while I shall be dead”. Yea, it seemed that my sight and hearing were going. We sat here side by side each with his arm round a rib of the ship’s forepart. We stood up and looked out for the longboat and yawl; and at last had sight of them but they were so far off that we could hardly see if it were the head or the stern that faced us. The sun was come down to the water ready to set.
Memorable Description of the East Indian Voyage 1618-25 (Broadway Travellers) by Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe