Inventory of the cargo of the Shark

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INVENTORY taken today [      ] 1654 in the presence of Mr. Thomas Willett, captain [      ] resident in New Plymouth [      ] England and Mr. Poulus Leendersen van der Grift, schepen of the city of New Amsterdam, as impartial men requested thereto by the director-general and council of New Netherland on the one side; and Swen Huyck, lieutenant of the flyboat or ship called de Hay, commanded by Mr. Hendrick Elswyck, factor on behalf of the Swedish South Company, as he styles himself, on the other side. Therefore, in the presence of the aforesaid, the following was found in the aforesaid ship and unloaded in the roadstead before Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland:

In the First Hold.

One small barrel of coarse St. Ubes salt.
One barrel of white peas.
One barrel of tar, one third empty.
One rotten seine.
One barrel of groats.
One rope of about forty fathoms.

One spritsail.
One fore topsail.
One mainsail.
One foresail.
One large topsail.
One foresail bonnet.
One mizzenmast.
One large bonnet, weathered and rotten.
One new mizzenmast.


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 5, Council Minutes, 1652-1654 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1983).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.