't Wapen van Hoorn

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Career Flag of the Dutch East India Company
Name: 't Wapen van Hoorn
Owner: Dutch East India Company
Launched: 1619
In service: 1619
Out of service: in use by the VOC up to/after 1628
General characteristics
Type: Fluyt
Tons burthen: Template:Convert/Dual/LonAonDbSoffNa

't Wapen van Hoorn, sometimes referred to as Het Wapen van Hoorn or just Wapen van Hoorn ("Arms of Hoorn"), was a 17th century VOC sailing ship. It was a wooden fluyt with a tonnage of between 400 and 600, built in the Dutch Republic in 1619. During its second voyage it grounded on the west coast of Australia, making it about the tenth ship to make landfall on Australian soil, and only the second ship to be shipwrecked in Australian waters, albeit temporarily.


The 't Wapen van Hoorn made three voyages:

First voyage

It departed Texel for Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia) on 27 December 1619, under the command of Roelof Pietersz. It arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on 5 July 1620, and reached Batavia on 8 December 1620. It then returned to Texel, leaving Batavia on 7 January 1621, and arriving on 17 July 1621.

Second voyage

It departed Texel for Batavia on 26 December 1621. In June 1622 "at night in a hard wind", the ship ran aground near Shark Bay in what is now Western Australia. It was eventually refloated, and arrived in Batavia on 22 July 1622. It departed Batavia under Captain Pieter Gerritsz. Bierenbroodspot on 25 December 1625. It stayed at the Cape of Good Hope from 21 January to 9 February 1626, reaching Texel on 9 July.

Third voyage

It departed Texel on 19 February 1627 under the command of David Pieterszoon de Vries. It stayed at the Cape of Good Hope from 16 July to 7 August. In September it made landfall at Shark Bay, noting corrections to Dirk Hartog's chart of the location. It arrived at Batavia on 13 October. It appears to have remained in the Indies from then on.


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