The website VOC - Seafarers is a joint initiative of the National Archives (where the VOC archives are located), the Municipal Archives of Delft, the Municipal Archives of Rotterdam, the Zeeland Archive, the Archives of West Friesland (Hoorn and Enkhuizen), the City Archives of Amsterdam and the history faculties of the University of Leiden and the University of Gent.
The information from the ship’s pay-registers are linked to the tables in Dutch Asiatic Shipping in the 17th and 18th centuries, J.R.Bruijn, F.S. Gaastra and I. Schöffer with the assistance of E.S. van Eyck van Heslinga, RGP 165 – 167, 1979 – 1987. These tables can also be found on the website of the Institute of Netherlands History (ING)
Project management and text: drs A.J.M. (Ton) van Velzen
Academic expertise: professor Dr. F.S. Gaastra and Dr. J. Parmentier
Data-entry: Combiwerk, Delft
English translation: P.H.A. Hoeberigs BA
The website VOC - Seafarers was also made possible with financial contributions of the municipalities of Delft, Rotterdam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, the Directorate of the Baltic Trade and Shipping Companies, the Netherlands Foundation for the Stimulation of the Nation's Marine Services, the Admiral van Kinsbergen Foundation and the VSB Foundation of West-Friesland.
The data-entry of the Zeeland Chamber was also made possible with financial contributions of the European Fund for Regional Development, with as joint financial contributors the provinces of East Flanders, West Flanders and Zeeland, The Netherlands Ministry of Education Culture and Science (National Archives and the Zeeland Archives) and the Flemish Government.
The data-entry of the Amsterdam Chamber was also made possible with financial assistance from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research or NWO.
The depiction on the homepage is a pen sketch of J.H. Koekkoek (1778-1851), 'The signing on of seamen', from the historical topographical atlas of the Royal Zeeland Association of the Sciences.
The website VOC - Seafarers is administrated by the National Archives of the Netherlands
Work in progress
The data-entry began in May 2000. The Chambers of Delft, Hoorn, Rotterdam, Zeeland and Enkhuizen are with the exception of a few books complete. In the case of the first three Chambers additional information must be added. The Amsterdam Chamber is presently being entered and will be ready in 2010. First the information of the period 1720 to 1795 is entered followed by the period up to 1720. All information is now being collated, checked and expanded upon where necessary. This will probably be completed by 2012. The Chamber Enkhuizen is the first to be checked.
Overview data-entry june 2009
About 46,000 sea-voyagers. All ship's pay-registers have been entered. Missing information has now been included. Medio 2009 the data will be corrected.
Approximately 41,000 sea-voyagers. All ship's pay-registers have been entered. Missing data has now been included. The data has been corrected.
Approximately 45,000 sea-voyagers. All ship's pay-registers have been entered. Missing information has now been included. Medio 2009 the data will be corrected.
Approximately 153,000 sea-voyagers. All ship's pay-registers have been entered. Checking will commence in 2009.
Approximately 40,000 sea-voyagers. All ship's pay-registers have been entered. The data has been corrected.
Approximately 360,000 sea-voyagers. The data-entry began during 2006. The first data, from 1720 to 1781 with hiatuses, are on the website. Hereafter data up to 1794 is to be entered, followed by the period from 1720 back to the 17th century. This should be ready round 2010. The checking begins over a few years.
The table with information concerning the voyage is corrected; many errors were found.