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Briefly about the Batavia:

‘Batavia’ was the name given to Jayakarta during the Dutch occupation of what was known as the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) traded in spices and established a base at Jayakarta in 1619. The company renamed the city ‘Batavia’. Batavia (now Jakarta) was located in the tropics [...]

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Week 13 – tensions reach breaking point

Sketch of the Cygnet at anchorage, Port Augusta, April 1833.

This week we catch up with the Cygnet as it approaches the Equator. A bout of bad weather has seen many of the passengers sick and conditions below deck are foul. Boyle Travers Finniss is impatient with what he sees as the ‘apathy’ of the passengers and decides on a thorough clean up, despite the reluctance [...]

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