Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

ZW1016 - Copper/brass


Tobacco box: engraved scenes—one marked: ‘Eerst—Gilt Verbrugt’ [First—spend the money’; second marked: ‘En Dan—Zee gat Uyt’ [Then—out to sea].

Site Area Code Mid-West

Number of Items 2

Material Copper/brass

Museum Reference

Registration Number 1016

ID 19385

Status Commonwealth

Map of shipwreck


Zeewijk was wrecked on the Houtman Abrolhos on 9 June 1727. The Zeewijk did not break up immediately and goods, including the treasure chests, were transferred to Gun Island. It was obvious to the crew that the ship could never be floated from its position locked into the reef.
A rescue group of eleven of the fittest survivors and First Mate set off for Batavia in the longboat on 10 July...