East Indies: May 1596

Pages 97-98

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2, 1513-1616. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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July 1596

May 10,
Nov. 1.
248. “The reciting of the manner and courses of the third voyage or sailing by the North, for to discover the passage towards the kingdoms of Cathay and China, in the year 1596.” Set forth by the Lords and Council of the city of Amsterdam with two ships, Jacob Hemskerk Hendricks master of one and factor of the merchandise, and John Cornelius Ripp master of the other, William Barents, chief pilot. [Eighty–two pages and a half. Brit. Mus., Harleian, 6245. Purchas prints an account of this voyage written by Gerat de Veer, III., 482–518; also accounts of “the first navigation of Wm. Barents, alias Bernards, into the North Seas,” in 1594, written by G. de Veer, and “a brief declaration of Barents' second navigation made in 1595,” by G. de Veer. Barents died on 20 June 1597, which “put us in no small discomfort, as being the chief guide and only pilot on whom we reposed ourselves, next under God.” Purchas, III., 508.]
May 10.
249. “A description of the third voyage which was in the year 1596 undertaken northerly towards the kingdoms of Cathay and China;” being a somewhat different account to the preceding. [Eighty pages. Brit. Mus., Sloane, 3364. Neither of these correspond with the account printed in Purchas, and although the substance is almost the same, there are several discrepancies; for example, Purchas says “June 1st we had no night,” the MS. “June 1st we had no sleep.” Barents is called Bernard in this copy which was most probably written by Gerat de Veer, as appears by an account of Barents' illness, who, laying aside the journal, he “turned to me and said, Gerat, give me to drink, and as soon as he had drunk he was in so great pain that turning his eyes he died suddenly.” June 20, p. 19.]