BATAVIA’S GRAVEYARD: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny. Mike Dash, Author. Crown $25 (p) ISBN. Batavia’s Graveyard has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said: Where to -fiction story of a shipwreck. A Dutch East India company ship. The bones of victims from a massacre four centuries old have emerged from a mass grave at ‘Batavia’s Graveyard’ on the Abrolhos Islands.

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Two men were left behind as punishment, while it was decided that some of garveyard lesser offenders were to be taken back to Batavia.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. At times, I thought he had forgotten about the Batavia and decided to tell the history of the United Provinces instead.

I said, “Skipper, what have you done that through your reckless carelessness you have run this noose round our necks? Officially, there were people on board, but a few last-minute desertions were noted, as was relatively common at the time.

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Batavia’s Graveyard

There was some previous history between Francisco Pelsaert and the captain of BataviaAriaen Jacobsz who had previously encountered each other in Surat, India. As stated by other reviewers, this is history meant to be read, not consulted, but the obvious depth of research undertaken is truly impressive. View the discussion thread.

It is, however, unclear if the events were that well planned there was after all a lot of money on board, and that could have provided a motive. But I never felt more confident about my assumptions although they were derived after many complicated calculations and permutations until I read Mike Dash’s Batavia’s Graveyard: The Tragedy of traveyard Whaleship Essex.

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Views Read Edit View history. Read it because Dash gives you enough of the background to place the historical events into context. In the Bataviaa foot merchant ship launched by the Dutch East India Company, was carrying silver to East India when it ran upon coral atolls northwest of Australia and coughed up its passengers. Unfortunately, he would need to rely on his skipper, a man whose drunken and violent behaviour, he had reprimanded on his return trip to Holland from India, thus making an enemy for life, and sowing the seeds for the tragedy to come.


My impression of about half of the book: This book is very good. Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World.

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May 27, Pages Buy. Batvia a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Wiebbe Hayes further explained what had happened and that he was holding Cornelisz as prisoner.

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Batavia’s Graveyard what a name for a book! The company also sent along a new employee to guard its treasure. Very thorough account of the disaster and unbelievable events that followed.

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Preview — Batavia’s Graveyard by Mike Dash. But I never felt more confident about my assumptions although they were derived after many complicated calculations and permutations until I read Mike Dash’s After reading this book, I think that under favorable circumstances, height of human cruelty could far surpass the physical height of Olympus Mons.

What is clear is that Cornelisz’s departure from Haarlem coincides with the interrogation of his acquaintances, accused of holding heretical beliefs. The story did bahavia remind me of graveyrad Charles Manson killings, in which another megalomaniacal madman had others do his heinous bidding. But the main villain of this bstavia was one frustrated under-merchant working under upper-merchant Francisco PelsaertJeronimus Corneliszwho was a bankrupt apothecary pharmacist from the Netherlands who had left his wife behind forever in the Netherlands in order to escape from his creditors and find himself a comfortable life somewhere batavua the East, by any means.

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A very interesting book on the sinking and mutiny on the Dutch East India company ship the Batavia in the 17th century. Batavia’s Graveyard was the name given to a small island off the western coast of Australia, now known as Beacon Island. The life and times of the Gravdyard during the zenith of their influence and power in the 16th century as the premier commercial traders of the world is described in the context of a truly horrible graveard of mutiny, madness and slaughter.


I’ve read a graveyatd of books that deal with shipwrecks and the exploration of the seas, and with summer approaching I wanted something that would be a bit of fun and adventure of the armchair variety.

Dash does a fine job of painting background — not only of what impelled Cornelisz to accept a job as “under merchant” aboard the Batavia but also of describing life aboard the ship unsanitary and gruesome in the extreme and of the practices of the Vatavia East India Company.

What do the two have in common? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Close Member Sign In. Mar 05, Pages. We shall call him Sicko, so as to preserve his anonymity. Download batwvia Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Jun 12, Nancy Oakes rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is where he met the end of his gruesome reign. However, Pelsaert and a resolute group of 48 survivors are able to overcome the strenuous voyage to Bantam in Java by longboat.

Abtavia between the covers of this book is NOT for the squeamish The lesser offenders, who had been flogged, keelhauled and dropped from the yard arm as punishment on the voyage home, were executed.

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They were luckier than those who were to die on the islands. April 3, British Sailors Held in Iran A portion of the newscast was shown regarding the 15 British sailors and marines being held in Iran.