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Klaas Doornbos, Schipbreuk in Oman: De overlevingstocht van 30 drenkelingen van't VOC-schip Amstelveen door de woestijn van Zuid-Arabie, 1763: Gebaseerd op het journaal van Cornells Eyks.

Klaas Doornbos, Schipbreuk in Oman: De overlevingstocht van 30 drenkelingen van't VOC-schip Amstelveen door de woestijn van Zuid-Arabie, 1763: Gebaseerd op het journaal van Cornells Eyks. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014, 184 pp. ISBN 9789089647917. Price: EUR 24.95 (paperback).

Klaas Doornbos, Shipwreck & survival in Oman, 1763. The fate of the Amstelveen and thirty castaways on the South Coast of Arabia: Based on the notes of Cornelis Eyks. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014, 147 pp. ISBN 9789089648389. Price: EUR 19.90 (paperback).

On a trip from Batavia to Kharg, a trade station of the voc in the Persian Gulf, the East Indiaman 'Amstelveen' shipwrecked on the south coast of Oman in August 1763. It clearly was a case of an inexplicable navigational error, for which the captain was responsible. He was among the 75 casualties of the accident; 30 survived, of whom third mate Cornelis Eyks was the highest in rank. His group set out for a long and arduous trip to safety in the desert--barefoot, almost naked, without food or water, under a blazing sun, harassed and robbed by local Bedouins, and with only guesses about the length and direction of their journey. After a month's walk of 500 kilometres when they reached Muscat, about twenty had survived. When back in the Netherlands in 1766, Eyks published a short account in Middelburg of his exploits. His journal was included in a magazine and subsequently forgotten until it was rediscovered in the 1990's, and Klaas Doornbos, an emeritus professor of education, started to investigate the background and context of this tragic accident. The results of Doornbos's efforts are impressive, and open up one more chapter on voc history. He recreates Eyks' journey, using his notes, along with useful comments, context, and analysis to present a lively story about endurance under nearly unbearable conditions. The book closes with the thirty pages verbatim copy of Eyks' original journal in the contemporary eighteenth-century spelling. The English-language edition closely follows the Dutch-language text, but does not include Eyks' original journal. Many illustrations add to the quality of this book.

doi: 10.1163/22134379-17201019

Harry A. Poeze

KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Poeze@kitlv.nl

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