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Prinses Amelia sailed after July 1646

Prinses Amelia (Princess Amelia) sailed from Netherlands to New Netherland sometime after July 1646 (probably in 1647), arriving New Amsterdam before 27 May 1647. On a return voyage Prinses Amelia sank off coast of Wales on 27 Sept. 1647. Out of 107 passengers, only 21 were rescued.

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Lorine's Research Notes With Sources: I reconstructed the names of those sailing on various ships from the following sources. Please note that not every source was used to reconstruct every ship. I have indicated which sources were used for each individual:

  1. Abstracts from Notarial Documents in the Amsterdam Archives by Pim Nieuwenhuis published in New Netherland Connections in series Vol. 4:3,4; Vol. 5:1-3 (hereafter NNC)
  2. Early Immigrants to New Netherland 1657-1664 from The Documentary History of New York (hereafter EINN)
  3. Settlers of Rensselaerswyck 1630-1658 in Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts (hereafter VRB)
  4. E. B. O'Callaghan's Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY (hereafter CHM)
  5. New World Immigrants: List of Passengers 1654 to 1664 edited by Michael Tepper (hereafter NWI)
  6. Emigrants to New Netherland by Rosalie Fellows Bailey, , NYGBR; vol 94 no 4 pp 193-200 (hereafter ENN)
  7. De Scheepvaart en handel van de Nederlandse Republiek op Nieuw-Nederland 1609-1675 unpublished thesis by Jaap Jacobs [hereafter JJ][Olive Tree Genealogy database]
  8. The records of New Amsterdam from 1653 to 1674 [hereafter RNA] [an online book from Ancestry.com]

  • Daniel Litsche Sargeant from Casselien (Koszalin in Poland) in service of WIC [NNC:4:4.90]
  • Urbanus Luurs master mason from Wagenem [NNC:4:4.90]
  • Joost Theunisz baker Amsterdam [NNC:4:4.90]
  • Tomas Sammen soldier from becksdte in England in service of WIC [NNC:4:4.90]
  • Balthus Jochumsz freeman from Straalsondt (in Germany) [NNC:4:4.90]
  • Giertgen Nanningsdr, widow of Abel Henricxss Riddenhaes with her son Henrick Tiercxss from Amsterdam [NNC:4:4.90] Lorine's note: See also Coninck David voyage 1642.
  • Adiaen Keyser Secretary from Amsterdam [NNC:4:4.90]

Lorine's Additional Notes:
Following is a reconstructed list of the names of some of the survivors and dead on the Prinses Amelia voyage from New Netherland to Netherlands in 1647. On this voyage, Prinses Amelia sank off coast of Wales on 27 Sept. 1647. Out of 107 passengers, only 21 were rescued. Many of the names were individuals living in New Netherland. Unless otherwise noted, these names were abstracted from NNC:4:4

  • Laurens van Heusden rescued from wreck of Prinses Amelia. Age 47
  • Gijsbert de Leeuw from Utrecht rescued. Age 36
  • Lambert Lambertsz from Bolan near Leige drowned in wreck of Prinses Amelia. His widow is Mary jansdr. He was a soldier under Gijsbert de Leeuw at Fort Amsterdam
  • Albert Henricks from Haarlem rescued. Formerly soldier in Curacao. Age 36
  • Gerardus Cllodt from Heesen near Aken rescued.Formerly cooper in Brazil, then in New Netherland 1646. Age 43
  • Jan Albertsz master blacksmith from Emden drowned. Was a master blacksmith in Curacao 1642. He left a child whose uncle is Lambert Albertsz in Naarden
  • Hendrick Ellertsz from Carsoor rescued. Age 24
  • Jacob Pietersz from Amsterdam drowned
  • Laurens Jurriaensz soldier from Holm drowned
  • Jan Vignee rescued
  • Gerrit Hendricksz from Molqueren (in Frisia) rescued. 37 years old
  • Andries hans from Rinkoping in Jutland (Denmark) rescued. 38 years old
  • Jacob Arentsz cook from Maaslandsluys widow is Lijntje Pietersz in Haarlem
  • Hendrick Anthonisz steward from Amsterdam drowned. widow is Annetje Jans
  • Lambert Joosten steward from Leeuwarden drowned
  • Pieter Rutten sailmaker drowned
  • Claes Jansz Smits freeman drowned. Widow is Steventje Cornelis Brenckhuysen
  • Jochem Pieterse Kuyter rescued. age 50
  • Philip Rumier Jr. drowned. Son of Philip Rumier Sr.. Sailed as soldier to New Netherland in 1637
  • Thijs Jansz constable from Tonningen (in Germany) drowned. His widow is Haduwich Hermandsr.
  • Cornelis Melijn rescued. Age 46
  • Annetie Franssen drowned
  • Henrick Jansz tailor drowned. His widow is Trijntje Scheerenberg now living in Gouda
  • Jochem Kierstede drowned
  • Frederik Jansz from Flensburgh drowned NNC 5:50
  • Christian Rams drowned. His sister is Mayken Rams, widow of Willem Fransz from Vlissingen NNC 5:54
  • Metgen Barents drowned. Wife of Frederik Jansz from Flensburgh NNC 5:50
Ann Messecar sends the following information in an email dated Jan. 12, 2011

Here are some additional names that were on the ship, The Princess Amelia. The ship departed from Texel after July 31, 1646, stopped off in the West Indies and arrived in New Amsterdam on May 11, 1647. The ship sank on the return voyage.

Some names came from my own research and many others came from the research of Simon Groenvald and Jaap Jacobs in the notarial archives in Amsterdam. Groevald published an excellent article in the Halve Moon about the Princess and her 2 voyages in 1647. (Summer 2001)

Peter Stuyvesant appears to have been on this ship during his stay in the West Indies during the winter of 1646. Letters from him were sent from the Princess.


  • Michiel Mesger (AKA Miscaer/ Mesker/Mesecar) from Franckendael (Rhenish Bavaria)
  • Roeloff Corneliss, from Copenhagen (Roeloff was a sponsor for Michiel's son in 1648.)
  • Symon Court from Ditmel
  • Brian Newton, WIC Lieutenant, England


  • Pieter Milguerie from Bordeaux, France
  • Jacob Ghoossen from Hondschote, Netherlands
  • Jan Claesz, Amsterdam
  • Cook: Marrtius Jyse from Rouen, France (Marten Janss)
  • Bosschieter: Henrick Janss, Maesterlandt, Holland
  • Undercarpenter: Ritchert Pilbaron, England

Other passengers included:

  • Captain Jan Huygen and wife, Liesbeth Pieterss, merchants
  • Adriaen Keyser, Amsterdam
  • Giertgen (Geertie) Nanningsdr (Nannincks), widow (She married her 3rd husband, Claes de Backer, in 1647,and baptized a child at the same time as Michiel Miscaer; 8 June, 1648 in New Amsterdam.)
  • Hendrick Tjerck, her son

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