Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

ZW4989 - Cargo


Barrel hoop fragment

Site Area Code Mid-West

Site Location Gun Island: Hole 160/R (xyz-30/30/50 cm)

Number of Items 1

Material Cargo

Museum Reference

Registration Number 4989

ID 19481

Status Commonwealth

ANCODS 1979 Netherlands Govt. Allocation: RS.1772(33)

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...