Category: Rensselaerswyck, sailed Sep 1636

Categories: New Netherland Settler Ships | 1630s Ships

The Rensselaerswyck was acquired by Kiliaen van Rensselaer in hopes of reducing his dependence on the West India Company for shipment of supplies to New Netherland. It was a small ship of shallow draft, capable of navigating the Hudson River up to Fort Orange.

The Rensselaerswyck left Amsterdam on September 25, 1636 and sailed from the Texel on October 8, 1636. After stops at several English ports, at La Rochelle, the Scilly Islands, Madeira and the Azores, it crossed the Atlantic and arrived New Amsterdam on March 4, 1637. It carried 38 passengers, and three children were born on the ship during the long voyage.

"The Rensselaerswyck at last arrived at Manhattan on Wednesday, March 4, but could not travel to Fort Orange because the Hudson River was still closed by ice. On Sunday, the 8th, two children born on board the vessel were baptised at the Manhattan church. On Sunday, the 22nd, the widow of the murdered Cornelis Thomasz, a smith, married Arent Steffeniers. Finally on March 26th, the vessel left for Fort Orange and arrived there Tuesday, April 7th. Since some of the passengers are first listed in accounts of April 3rd, these men evidently traveled to Fort Orange via yacht. The Rensselaerswyck left Fort Orange on 29 May."

Kiliaen van Rensselaer sold the ship on April 20, 1638, for f2,600. She was wrecked in the Caribbean six years later.

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Person Profiles (14)

26 Aug 1607 Fredrikstad, Norway - 07 Jun 1686
abt 1610 Fredrikstad, Smaalenenes, (now Ostfold), Norway - bef 1664
abt 1625 Westerbroek, Groningen, Nederland - 1666
02 Nov 1636 at Sea, latitude 41 degrees 50 minutes, on the ship Arms of Rensslaerswyck - bef May 1679
abt 1615 Flekkeroy Island, Vest-Agder, Norge - 1679
abt 25 Jun 1623 Houten, Utrecht, Nederland - 14 Jun 1672
abt 10 Oct 1619 Zegwaart, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
abt 1615 Schoonrewoerd, Zuid-Holland, Nederland - bef 09 Dec 1665
bef 1620 Hirschberg, Österreich, Heiliges Römisches Reich - bef 25 Apr 1671
1600 Verdun, Saone-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France - 1670
abt 1612 Buurmalsen, Gelderland, Nederland - abt 08 Apr 1648
abt 1622 Schermerhorn, Waterland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands - aft 20 May 1688
30 Jan 1637 on board ship Rensselaerwyck - 13 Nov 1703
abt 1633 Utrecht, Netherlands - abt 1676




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