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VOC Sailors’ Last Days in Europe

19 April 2023

Our new Dutch-language book, In de schaduw van de stad (Amsterdam: Ambo|Anthos 2023), which tells a series of short stories about ‘ordinary’ Amsterdammers through the ages, includes...

English Seamen in the VOC

6 March 2023

We recently wrote an article about English sailors in the service of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). They made up only a tiny fraction of the crews: during the eighteenth century,...

Where Dutch seafarers on Belgian merchant vessels came from (1845-1885)

23 September 2021

In an earlier post, our colleague Kristof Loockx, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, wrote about the Antwerp seamen’s registry–a great source for maritime historical...

Dutch merchant seamen in Belgian sources

25 May 2021

Seafarers have never been bound to a particular flag, which makes it challenging to reconstruct their careers. In this post, Kristof Loockx, postdoctoral researcher at the University...