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From: Jerry Vandiver <>
Subject: Re: [D-Col] Some 1600's shipwrecks (was: Penelope Stout----a legend)
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 12:11:36 -0800 (PST)
In-Reply-To: <00b001c28ff2$37730e60$04d0f7a5@D74JNG11>

> Remember that the earliest time at which the
Penelope Stout story was written down is apparently
1765 -- about 120 years after the alleged shipwreck.
Immagine our writing today about an event in 1880 --
say in the wild west. >

Terribly valid point. One of the persisting legends
in the early Delaware Vanderveer family history is
that the family arrived aboard a vessel around 1638
which ran aground at Sandy Hook (the one on the
Delaware was approximately where New Castle is today,
if memory serves) and that the family built a house
from the timbers. Jacob B. Vandevere was about 90 in
1860 when he wrote his version down for cousin
Benjamin Vandevere, and he recounts being taken out to
the ships frame, which was near the present Market
Street Bridge in Wilmington.

The family eventually made their way back to Fort
Amsterdam and returned after the Dutch took the South
River from the Swedes. The ship is even given a name
- de Eindracht! The extreme inaccuracies are too
easily dismissed, but the legend persists.

The bark de Eindracht did run aground at Sandy Hook -
after it had been sold to Gov. Rising by the Dutch.
It actually ran aground in 1655, during the taking of
New Sweden. The immigrant Jacop Van der Veer was in
the area, but as a soldier arriving with Peter

After quite a bit of research, I found that I could
put traditions from three separate sources together
and come up with the legend. Since Jacob B. Vandevere
was also related to the Stalcop's, Stidden's and
Fransson's - the arrival of the Swedes in 1638, the
shipwreck of Tymen Stidden in the Carribean and the
grouding of de Eindracht could be brought together
nicely. Jacob was born around 1770, around 110 years
after events and reported them another 90 years later
at the age of 90.

Another ship wreck for the record (though not relevant
to the topic of Penelope and Richard) was the St. Jan,
a slave trader, off Manhattan in 1659. The "cargo"
was lost and events investigated. The original
journal and records name the skipper as Adriaen Blaes
van der Veere and one of the Council was Hendrick
Janszen Van der Veer (also Van der Veen).


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