A rare broadside on the loss of De Wassenaar, stranded off the coast of Egmond
Gedachten op het stranden van Z.M. schip De Wassenaar, op den 16 Januarij 1827, benoorden Egmond aan Zee, bestemd naar Oost-Indien, met troepen, gecommandeert door kaptein Spengler. [No place, no publisher], . 1mo broadside (ca. 41 x 33 cm). Printed on blueish watermarked laid paper. In very good condition. One horizontal fold, a few unobtrusive marginal stains.
Second copy located of a broadside mourning the loss of De Wassenaar, a Dutch three-masted naval warship destined for Batavia.
De Wassenaar, commanded by L.L. Spengler, was sent to the Dutch East Indies to help suppress the rebellion led by prince Diponegoro against Dutch colonial rule. Diponegoro's uprising started the Java War (1825- 1830), which soon evolved into a guerrilla war that lasted for five years, ending in a Dutch victory.
De Wassenaar sailed from Texel on January 12, 1827, in calm weather. On January 16, however, she sailed into a storm and ran aground on a sandbank off the coast of Egmond aan Zee, losing all three masts. Several crew members reached shore in two sloops, others were rescued by a fishing vessel that hurried to the rescue. Most of the crew survived, but 23 perished, along with the cargo. Teenstra, in his Beknopte beschrijving van de Nederlandsche overzeesche bezittingen (1847), estimated the loss at 1mln gulden.
The text, a nine-stanza poem, is signed "H.S.".
Cf. Amsterdamsche Courant, January 19, 1827; we've located only one other copy, in the Regionaal Archief Alkmaar.