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Image number: RS.14067
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Dutch ships in a storm

Date

1764

Creator

Matthys Balen (1684-1766, Dutch), Draughtsman

Object type

Library reference

RCNR60744

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 199mm
width (print): 175mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > landscape
transport
   > ship

Description

Marine landscape showing the three Dutch ships Arend, Thienhoven, and Afrikaansche Galey in a storm at sea, with heavy waves and lightning flashes.

Plate from the book Tweejarige Reyze rondom de wereld ter nader ontdekkinge der onbekende zuydlanden, met drie schepen in het jaar 1721 (Dordrecht, Hendrik de Koning, 1764). Inscribed above: ‘Pag.13’. Inscribed lower left ‘M: Balen inv.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘Den 11 December, als wy gekomen waaren op de hoogte van 33 graden 58 min. Zuyderbreedte, wierden wy van eenen ysselyken storm beloopen. De lucht eerst deyzig en vol nevel begon geweldig te betrekken, en de swarte rondom hangende wolken dreven van alle kanten snel aan, en na den andern toe’. [On December 11, when we came the height of 33 degrees 58 min. in the southern latitude we were promised an icy storm. First the air was dense and full of mist, and it began to come in; and the black clouds hanging all around drifted from all sides and back…’

The expedition of Jacob Roggeveen (1659-1729) Dutch explorer voyaged across the Pacific in the years 1721-1722.

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