Dutch Ships and Sailors provides an infrastructure for maritime historical datasets, linking correlating data through semantic web technology. It brings together datasets related to recruitment and shipping in the East-India trade (mainly 18th century) and in the shipping of the northern provinces of the Netherlands (mainly 19th century). For the northern provinces, the database contains data on the personnel recruited, the ships, and other variables (Monsterrollen Noordelijke Nederlanden). For the VOC, the datasets involved contain data on the recruitment of personnel in the Dutch Republic (VOC Opvarenden), the voyages of ships to Asia and back (Dutch-Asiatic Shipping), the mustering of ships and crew composition in Asian waters (Generale Zeemonsterrollen).


Dutch Ships and Sailors was created in a Clarin IV-project. It is hosted by Huygens ING in collaboration with VU University Amsterdam, the International Institute of Social History and Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam.


Check out the preview of the infrastructure.


More information on the Dutch Ships and Sailors-project can be found here.

An inventory of Dutch Maritime Historical Datasets can be found here.


As part of a follow-up, the DANS-funded project Diepere Maritieme Data has made accessible 20 GB of photographs of the original archival records of the Noordelijke Monsterrollen Databases and enriched them with links to the Dutch Ships and Sailors.