Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 6 December 2008

VOC



There is one three letter abbreviation that will send any diver's heart into a flutter, and it is not ECR or TDC. For any treasure hunter, diver or marine archaeologist the abbreviated letter VOC means only one thing Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie in other words Dutch East India Company the worlds first multi national company. The VOC was a direct competitor with the English East India Company (EEIC), and both companies had a glorious trading maritime past trading the high seas in magnificent ships . Fortunately for historians both companies lost ships and the Ramsgate Maritime Museum has information and artefact's from the EEIC which are of national importance. Such as the "Admiral Gardiner""Hindostan" and the "Albion". There are also "Hindostan" artefacts in the Quex Museum well worth a look.

The VOC had loses in our waters too, the most famous being the "Amsterdam" in shallow water off the Hastings foreshore. I have information on three VOC flagged ships lost off the Goodwins. Both companies had their own currency, the EEIC had "Cash" and the VOC had "DUIT". Up until recently it was possible to buy a "Cash" coin salvaged from the Admiral Gardiner dated 1808 from the Ramsgate Maritime Museum. The VOC "DUIT" can be easily bought off ebay for a couple of quid regardless of age. For anyone starting out in Maritime History both coins are introduction and are a absolute bargain holding a tangible link to our maritime past .

Above is pictured a Dutch East India Company DUIT.

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