2020 Australia Shipwreck Zuytdorp 1 Oz Gold Triangular Coin BU. A Numbered Certificate of Authenticity Is Included. Please message with any questions or for more photos. The 33 metre long three-masted Zuytdorp had been built in Zeeland - probably Vlissingen - in 1701 for the VOC (Dutch United East India Company) as a trading vessel. On 1 August 1711, the vessel left its home port Wielingen in Zeeland (Netherlands) with 286 people on board, bound for the trading port of Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia).
It was also carrying a cargo of trade goods and silver including some 248,000 guilders in newly minted coins for the VOC. It lost 112 persons on the way to the Cape of Good Hope where it arrived on 23 March 1712. The Zuytdorp pulled ahead of the Kockenge due to her being a much larger and faster vessel. Due to the departure being in April, opposed to the more favourable March, the skipper decided to make up time by sailing east until sighting New Holland, before turning north for Batavia.
The Zuytdorp never arrived at its destination. Those on board were never heard from again.Their fate was unknown until the 20th century when the wreck site was discovered on a remote part of the Western Australian coast between Kalbarri and Shark Bay, approximately 40 km north of the Murchison River, now named the Zuytdorp Cliffs. It was the first Dutch wreck to be found and identified on the coast of Western Australia. What became of the survivors of the Zuytdorp remains one of Australia's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. As water is scarce in the area other than in winter, the survivors would probably have died during the hot summer unless they had received the help of local Aboriginal people. The wrecksite is located on the coast between two major Aboriginal encampments Wale Well, 55 km north of the Zuytdorp wreck site to the north on Tamala Station, and Billiecuthera Well to the south east on Murchison House Station, so it is possible that the survivors may have joined the tribes that travelled between those two centres. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Bullion\Gold\Coins". The seller is "greenstonecoins" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.