Catalogue of the Archives of the Dutch Central Government of Coastal Ceylon, 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

   The Governor in Council.

   External affairs.

Documents relating to the expedition under Reinicus Siersma against the sea-robbers.
In the beginning of the year 1738 three Dutch vessels on their way to Mocha were attacked by the Angrean pirates. The ship "Noordwolfsbergen" escaped, but the two yachts "Zeelands Welvaren" and "Magdalena" fell into the hands of the pirates, and the crew was still in captivity in 1739. On the 3rd of November 1738 the Governor-General wrote to the governor of Ceylon that he should either make a treaty with the pirates or equip an expedition against them. The choice between these alternatives, and the arrangements themselves, were left entirely to governor van Imhoff, who only had to act in consultation with the "commandeur" of the Malabar coast, van Gollenesse. As he was then in a position to release over fifteen ships of varying complement, the Governor decided on an expedition and proceeded to Cochin, where, after discussing the matter with the "commandeur", he appointed Reinicus Siersma as Major Commanding. The following documents belong to the expedition, while nos. 2731 and 2732 are connected documents.
Minutes of the "breede scheepsraad" (general ships' council) aboard the flagship "Karssenhoff". Certified copies.
1739 February 9 - April 9.
Certified by G.S. Franchimont.
Journal of the expedition under Siersma to the Malabar coast against the Angrean sea-robbers.
1739 February 11 - April 15.