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Latitude Unknown
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Location Description Unknown, not found
Reference NMR 1062429
Craft type Dutch East Indiaman
Date built 1720
Date of loss 1725
Manner of loss Wrecked
Outcome Abandoned
Construction Wood
Propulsion Sail
Nationality Dutch
Departure port Texel
Destination port Batavia
Hull length 145 ft
Hull displacement 800 tons
Armament 40 guns
Crew 200/250
Built , Delft
Master Jakob t'Hoorn
Owners Dutch East India Company

Astrea

The Astrea was built for Amsterdam chamber of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1720. She left Texel on 30th September 1725 on her third voyage, outward as part of convoy under the command of Jacob t'Hoorn. On 9th October 1725 the convoy ran in to Plymouth to escape bad weather and the Astrea was blown ashore and wrecked (1), 36 people lost their lives. Most of the specie and some of the other goods were recovered (5).

'London, October 2. We hear from Plymouth, that on the 29th past, about 2 o'clock in the morning, they had a violent storm of wind at south-east and about 6 it changed to the south-west but continued very boisterous all the day, and drove into that port four outward-bound Dutch East India ships, belonging to the Chamber of Amsterdam, one of which, viz. Astraea, had the misfortune to run on a ledge of rocks, called the Dolphin, at the entrance into Cattwater, where she was wrecked and many persons drowned, the Captain and several others saved themselves on pieces of the wreck, which upon the flood floated into Cattwater; there was yet no account of any of her cargo being saved.' (3)

'Plymouth, September 28. A doleful case happened this day, three large outward bound Dutch ships for India came to anchor in our Sound, and a fourth got into Catwater; the cables of one of them (called the ASTRA) parting, she drove on the ledge of rocks within the buoy, wind at SW, a violent tempest, and so lofty, it was not possible to give them any succour, tho' so near as to hear their piercing cries, and some thousands beholding their irremediable horror with uplifted hands, and not to be expressed. The ship endured the violence of the rowling of the seas from noon, 'till near dark, when the deck parted and drove up Catwater: how many lives are preserv'd, we do not hear for certain; but 'tis said, not above seven out of 250, and these by swimming to boats that approached as near as possible to the wreck.' (7)

Images

VOC Ship

A model of a VOC ship of a similar size

References

(1) Dutch Asiatic Shipping Vol 2, p386 (Voyage No 2630.2)
(2) Larn R. & Larn B., 1995, Shipwreck Index of the British Isles Vol. 1, Lloyds Register of Shipping, ISBN 0 900528 88 5
(3) Norwich Mercury, 02-OCT to 09-OCT-1725 Page 1
(4) Farley's Bristol News Paper, 02-OCT-1725, No.31 p88
(5) De VOC Site Astrea, Accessed
(5) PastScape Astrea, English Heritage, Accessed Dec 2011