Case 138

The Batavia

In October of 1628, the newly constructed Batavia embarked on its maiden voyage from the shores of The Netherlands, setting sail for the Dutch East Indies. The 341 individuals on board were oblivious to the fact that the journey would eventually be described as one of the worst horror stories in maritime history. 

Life on the ship was harsh and perilous. Sleeping quarters were cramped and the drinking water quickly became contaminated with worms and algae. Infectious outbreaks and nutritional deficiency soon claimed the lives of 10 passengers. However, for those who survived the unpleasant conditions, the worst was yet to come. 



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