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Hutchinson & Co., London. First Edition 1974. The Amsterdam, a Dutch East Indiaman, set out on her maiden voyage in late 1748 fully laden with a rich cargo and silver bullion, and with more than three hundred people aboard, including not only her officers and crew, but many soldiers in the East India Company service bound for Companys stations, and a handful of passengers, three of them women. In the English channel she encountered one of the fiercest gales in recorded history, the captain was forced to beach her. After the valuable cargo was removed by the crew, the vessel gradually sank into the sand. At low tides near Hastings the vessel remnants are still visible today. Illustrated dust jacket over black cloth covered end boards. Fine Condition. 288pp. 240 mm x 155 mm.