The Unfortunate Voyage of the Batavia - Episode 3: Rites of Passage

 The reconstructed    Batavia  under sail  Source

The reconstructed Batavia under sail Source

Life on board a ship in the 1600s was no joyous experience. In this episode, we look at what the crew, soldiers and passengers aboard the Batavia went through, as they made their way from the United Provinces to their first scheduled stop at the Cape of Good Hope: the southern tip of Africa.

A Long, Boring, Deadly Journey

 A map of the established Portuguese route to India. VOC ship such as Batavia would follow the same route as far as the Cape of Good Hope.  By  Walrasiad

A map of the established Portuguese route to India. VOC ship such as Batavia would follow the same route as far as the Cape of Good Hope.
By Walrasiad

 To be a pirate, one must first learn to talk like a pirate.

To be a pirate, one must first learn to talk like a pirate.

 Dutch ships in Table Bay.  Tafelbaai      – Aernout Smith, 1683. Part of the  William Fehr Collection , Cape Town.

Dutch ships in Table Bay. Tafelbaai – Aernout Smith, 1683. Part of the William Fehr Collection, Cape Town.

 Blueprint of VOC ship, such as Batavia, from mid-1600s. For specific section labels, check out this  Source

Blueprint of VOC ship, such as Batavia, from mid-1600s. For specific section labels, check out this Source