Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters

The Development of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) Shipping Network in Asia 1595-1660

Robert Parthesius

Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters

Robert Parthesius

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

217 pages | 35 color plates | 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 | © 2010
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789053565179 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

During the closing years of the sixteenth century, the Dutch East India Company fast became a political and economic force in Asia, en route to becoming the leading private company in the world by 1660. This definitive volume explores perhaps the most important tool in the company’s trade: its ships. Robert Parthesius here reconstructs the complete shipping activities of the Company through a unique database that charts the movements of even previously ignored smaller vessels. Demonstrating that the wide range of types and sizes of vessels were indeed what gave the Company the ability to sail—and to continue its profitable trade—year after year, Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters combines the best of maritime history and archaeological research in order to change our understanding of the logistical dynamics behind one of the most important and successful businesses of this period.


1. Introduction
2. The database and methodology
Part 1: Development of the VOC shipping network in Asia
3. The Dutch expansion in Asia up to 1660
4. Connecting the Asian regions: The trading and shipping network in operation after 1620
5. The development of the VOC fleet
6. The shipping and logistics in operation
7. Knitting all the threads together: The logistics of the network
Part 2: The shipping and ships in numbers
8. An analysis of the development of VOC shipping in Asia until 1660
9. Fleets per region
10. Conclusions

List of vessels in service by the VOC during the period 1596–1660
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