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Prince Maurice, Passengers 1656

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  • Garrett van Swearingen (c.1636 - 1698)
    "The father of the family went by the name of 'Monsieur' Garret VanSweringen. He was the former Sheriff of the Dutch Colony on the Delaware, who had publicly broken his sword against his knees after th...

1656 In The Prince Maurice Sailed from Amsterdam December 21, 1656 Left Texel December 25, 1656 Arrived at Long Island March 8, 1657; wrecked

Destination of Colonists: South River, New Amstel

Jacob Alrichs, director

Alexander D'Hinoyossa, Lieutenant

Evert Pietersen, comforter of the sick

Gerrit van Schweringen, Supercargo

Jan Barents, (Barentsen), chief boatswain

Jan Gerritsen, sailor

Joost Theunissen, sailor

Dirck Cornelissen Haen, mate

Peter Cornelissen Mol, carpenter

129 souls in all including colonists, free mechanics, soldiers and attendants.

J. Alrich reports: "We proceeded with them on the proposed voyage, and after some storm and other obstacles, reached the vicinity of the Manhattans. ...through ignorance of the skipper and pilot who were never on this coast, having neared the shore in the evening, she immediately grounded, and so shoved, which continued afterwards harder and harder, that we were not for a moment, sure of our lives, and seeing no escape in the morning, we unanimously resolved to save ourselves on a broken coast, which we, some days alter, understood to be Long Island. An agreement was made with the skipper of the Beaver to charter the passengers to the Colony on the South River. The Beaver set sail from New Amsterdam on April 16 to the South River, arriving at New Amstel, April 25th, with about 125 persons for the Colonie from the ship Prince Maurice, including 50 persons who arrived on other ships.

Thirty-eight soldiers, with the [Captain Martin Kreiger of New Amsterdam]5 and Lieutenant, marched over land because there was no room in the Beaver to allow of their coming by water. The ship experiencing contrary wind, the soldiers, on that account, started somewhat later from the Manhattans, and therefore arrived at the fort six days later than me."