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Navigational Equipment from ‘t Vliegend Hart (1735)



The Dutch United East-India Company ship ‘t Vliegend Hart sank in the mouth of the River Scheldt in 1735. With archival sources the wreck was located in 1979, and in the following years researched and excavated, a process still continuing. This article gives a brief historical introduction on the ship, followed by a paragraph on the art of navigation and navigational instruments at the time of ‘t Vliegend Hart's sailing. Thereafter this is compared with the navigational artefacts retrieved from the wreck. In the final paragraph the exploration of the ‘t Vliegend Hart wreck is briefly dealt with.

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