Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

ZW205ER - Copper/brass


Button, large round: brass. Slightly domed front and back. No decoration. Two ‘air holes’ on back, either side of loop shank. Diam 28 mm. (No. 11). [Original allocated to WA.]

Site Area Code Mid-West

Site Location Gun Island

Number of Items 1

Material Copper/brass

Museum Reference

Registration Number 205

ID 19365

Status Commonwealth

ANCODS 1979 Netherlands Govt. Allocation

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...