Saturday, 13 April 2013

Sailing With The Dead Around The Cape of Good Hope

I was reading the account of 4 Dutch ships which sailed from the East, westward towards the Cape of Good Hope. They were faced with the grave danger of losing a large number of their crew, to scurvy. They had loads of dead bodies (2 boats-full), and with more dying, if they don't reach land. They had to find land and a port to anchor. They needed fresh food supplies and clean water. They needed milk and fruits. They managed to anchor off Madagascar and traded with the Hottentots, describing them as ugly shriveled people. But they managed to get cattle and goat, risking their lives in the process. The Hottentots preferred the silver cutlery - a knife was bartered for a goat!

The articles and website are in Dutch but I used an online translator.