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by Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

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This time I have a serious problem translating the profession of the main character. The “ronselaar” was a man, who recruited sailors under false pretences. So not knowing how else to call him, I just let him have his Dutch name.

Ronselaar

The East Indies Company has always had trouble finding enough volunteers to crew their ships, so they used the objectionable practices of the ronselaar. More than half of the crew was foreigners, who could come from different countries; in one case, on the ship “Neijenburg”, the crew had sixteen different nationalities. The Dutchmen were the navigators and officers; the foreigners were the soldiers and sailors. The ronselaar and his helpers recruited their victims at the east border of the Republic; most of them were deserters from one of the many German armies and fortune hunters, who were all on their way to the rich Republic. Wondering around penniless they were an easy target for the ronselaar, who picked them up at inns and cheap joints.

With the promise, that they could serve in the army of the Prince, they put their name or cross under a contract, which they could not read. The ronselaar paid for their journey to Amsterdam, where they soon found out, that they were contracted to be a sailor. Escape was hardly possible because the armed helpers of the ronselaar escorted them to “special” houses, where they had to wait till they could embark.

In the meantime the ronselaar was trying to sell his “merchandise” to the West- or East Indies Company and if he failed to do business he knew he had a second chance. The poor souls were transported to the island Texel and the ships would leave Amsterdam with not enough crew on board. The captain knew he would get no permission from the authorities to set sail from Texel, so this time he had no other choice than go along with the ronselaar's demands.

Most of the hired men, who were between 15 and 25 years of age, had never seen the sea or a ship before and once on board the rules and regulation were read out to them. But it is certain, that no one understood one word; it would be clear to them soon enough.

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