South African de Smidts

Started by Private User on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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1/13/2011 at 7:48 AM

Abraham, mate of the ship VOC Middelburg, sailed from Batavia in 1781. When they reach Cape Town they learnt that Holland was at war with Britain, so they decided to hide in Saldanha Bay on the West Coast until the British fleet had passed them and then carry on to Holland.
Unfortunately the British were advise where they were and sailed into Saldanha. Abraham, as instructed, beached Middelburg and blew her up by setting a fuse in the powder magazine. He escaped to Cape Town, where the Dutch population welcomed him. He apparently had managed to bring off his money and goods from the ship, as he prospered in Africa.
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