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Voorschoten: Huguenot Ship to the Cape

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  • Catherine Tabourdeaux, SM/PROG (aft.1640 - c.1729)
    Proof of parents Parents were Claude Tabourdeux and Jeanne Cronier Birth Place: Le Plessis Mornay in the village of Longvilliers, near Dourdan in the Hurepoix, Isle de France, France {Plessis Mor...
  • Claude Marais, b1 (1662 - aft.1730)
    About Marais, Claude, a1b1 Claude was born in 1662 in Plessis Marle, France. After their immigration he was the owner of a house in Cape Town as well as the owner of the farms Meerlust, Lekkerwyn, Le P...
  • Charles Marais, b2 (1668 - bef.1711)
    After the death of Charles, Catherine married Daniel des Ruelles that arrived at the Cape with his 2 daugthers, Esther and Anne. Daniel got married to Catherine in 1690. Daniel's wife, Anne Godalle die...
  • Jacques Pinard, SV/PROG (1666 - bef.1713)
    Jacques Pinard (-1712) came to SA on 'The Voorschooten' in 1688, with his1st wife Esther Fouche, and farmed on Lustig-Aan, Drakenstein Parents Unknown: See Discussion . We're looking for Sources. x...
  • Estienne Bruére, SV/PROG (c.1665 - c.1758)
    SAF v 5 Estienne Burére * Blois, Frankryk c. 1665, Franse Hugenoot, a. Kaapstad 1688 aan boord Voorschoten vanaf Delftshaven (Rotterdam), Holland, wamaker boer “Rust-en-Werk” en “De Veerkijker” in Land...

The Voorschoten arrived in Saldanha on 25 April 1688, & in the Cape on 13 April 1688

  • Ship’s type: Fluitschip
  • Construction: Built in 1684 for the Chamber of Delft at the VOC ship yard in Delftshaven.
  • Term: In use by the VOC from 1684 until 9 November 1706 when it was dismantled in Batavia.
  • Length: 131 feet
  • Breadth: 31 feet
  • Depth: 13,75 feet
  • Loading capacity: 558 tons
  • Crew: 155-172 men
  • Flag: Chamber of Delft

Voyage to the Cape:

  • Date of departure: 31 December 1687
  • Port of departure: Goeree (Delftshaven)
  • Final destination:
  • Date of arrival in the Cape: Saldanha Bay on 13 April 1688
  • Length of voyage: 130 days
  • Total people: 192
  • Total deaths: 1 (0.52%)
  • Details of voyage: On 31 December 1687 the Voorschoten left Delftshaven in the Netherlands with the first 22 Huguenot refugees on board. The three master was supposed to sail directly to the Cape. However, as the result of storm damage captain Frans Villierius was forced to land at Saldanha Bay on 13 April 1688, about 120 km from Table Bay. A message was sent by a Hottentot messenger to the governor Simon van der Stel at the Castle of Good Hope. The cutter Jupiter was then dispatched to fetch the stranded passengers.
  • Captain: Frans Villierius

Passengers to the Cape & Places of Origin:

Passengers' Stories:


On 31 Dec 1687 Jean & Gabriel le Roux, Philippe Foucher & Anne Souchay & children, with Estienne Bruere embarked together on the VOC ship Voorschoten to settle at the Cape of Good Hope. The le Roux brothers & Philippe Foucher were 2nd cousins. Philippe Foucher & Estienne Bruere were second cousins. Anne Souchay was the sister of the le Roux brother's sister in law. They all became progenitors of SA lines.

a Jacques Lenoir & Malvault

b1 Claudine Lenoir

x Jean Bourdon, merchant currier of Mer

Anne Bourdon (c1636 - Feb 1693)

x 24 Feb 1658 Pierre le Roux, baliff (b 1 Sep 1623 - 19 Mar 1682)

Pierre le Roux c 1662 x 22 Oct 1686 Elizabeth Souchay (sister of Anne Souchay, who marries Philippe Fouchay)

Jean (c1666 - 1711 Cape of Good Hope)

Gabriel (1669 - 1711 Cape of Good Hope)

b2 Elizabeth Lenoir

x 24 April 1617 Servais Foucher

Bernard Foucher

x Anne Bruere (do Philippe Bruere x 28 April 1619 Anne Belleton) (sister of Estienne Bruere x Suzanne Hillaire - parents of Estienne Bruere)

Philippe Foucher x Anne Souchay


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