Final Report Of The Two Sierra Leone Expeditions

This report is the result of two expeditions to a wreck who sunk off of Banana Islands, Sierra Leone, West Africa. During both of the Explorers Club Flag expeditions to the site, divers were able to locate remaining cannons, anchors, porcelain,and other artifacts. Some of these have been analyzed, which in turn has allowed the team to determine the approximate time frame when the vessel sank – this being the first half of the eighteenth century. It was also determined that this was a vessel of the Dutch East India Company, in short VOC (Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indiche Compagnie). The query in Dutcharchives and collaboration with Dutch researcher, contributed to the identification of the shipwreck as that of the Diemermeer, which sunk in 1747.

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