It is a fascinating story of an ordinary ship
transporting an extraordinary treasure of art and other
valuables. From the ship's protest we find information
about Vrouw Maria's last voyage. She left Amsterdam 5th
of September in 1771. Vrouw Maria passed the customs in
Denmark on September 23rd.
After drifting north apart from its route to St.
Petersburg, she struck a rock once and then an other
which damaged her rudder. The crew tried for several days
to pump her floating again and with the help of
islanders to salvage the cargo. Four days later, on
October 8th, she was mysteriously lost during the