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Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties

Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties

Author: Edited by Alistair Paterson and Jeremy Green

Publisher: UWA Publishing

Published: February 2021

When, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Dutch East India Company ships rounded the Cape of Good Hope bound for Batavia and the Indonesian archipelago, most took the more southerly “roaring forties” route in order to speed their journey. In doing so, a number came to wreck on the coast of Western Australia, including the Zeewijk, the Vergulde Draeck, the Correio da Azia, and the Batavia.

This extraordinary publication brings together the research on these and other shipwrecks, encompassing the findings of over 30 maritime scientists, archaeologists, historians and other experts. Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties is foremost a publication of record aimed at the academic community, but the lay reader will find much of interest in this timely book. The research project for this work was funded by the Australian Research Council.

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