Ghosts of the Abrolhos

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1. Lodewijcksz, Willem (1598). Logbook in Latin: Prima Pars Descriptionis Itineris Navalis in Indiam Orientalem. Amsterdam: C. Claesz. Online copy from National Central Library of Rome

2. Lodewijcksz, Willem ?/ Claesz, Cornelis (1598). Marine chart depicting Dutch first fleet voyage to the East Indies. Amsterdam: C. Claesz. High quality image visible on Leen Helmink Antique Maps website

3. McCarthy, Mike (1981). Colonial Wrecks in the Abrolhos Islands. Report number 27. Fremantle: Western Australian Museum. PDF

4. McCarthy’s shpwreck list has been double checked for updates using Western Australia Museum Maritime Archaeology Database (December 2023)

5. Ariese, Csilla (2012). Databases of the People Aboard the VOC Ships Batavia (1629) and Zeewijk (1727). Report number 298, Western Australian Museum. Fremantle: Australian National Centre of Excellence for Maritime Archaeology. PDF


Timeline. Map bibliography

Eight monochrome stamps were created using these high resolution images:

  • Anaximander (c.530 BC). Map of the world. Original lost. Interpretation. Source: Wikipedia
  • Crates of Mallus (c.145 BC). Terrestrial globe. Original lost. Interpretation adapted from original by E. L.Stevenson. Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. Published in 1921. London: Yale University Press. Source: Wikipedia
  • Ptolemy, Claudius (c.150 AD). Map of the world. Reconstruction by German cartographer Nicolaus Germanus based on rediscovered Greek manuscripts of Ptolemy’s Geography. Published in 1482. Ulm: L. Holle. Source: Wikipedia
  • Mercator, Gerardus (1569). Map of the world. Composite of 18 sheets. Duisburg: G. Mercator. Source: Wikipedia
  • Gerritsz, Hessel (1628). Chart of the Malay archipelago and the Dutch discoveries in Australia. Amsterdam: H. Gerritsz. Source: National Library of Australia
  • Hondius, Hendrik (1657). Polus Antarcticus. Amsterdam: H. Hondius. and J. Jansson. Source: State Library of NSW, Australia
  • Djurberg, Daniel (1780). Map of Polynesia. Stockholm: Holmberg. Source: Wikipedia
  • Flinders, Matthew (1804). Draft map: A Voyage to Terra Australis. Published in 1814. London: G. and W. Nicol, Pall Mall. Source: State Library of NSW, Australia
  • Sources of relevant information

  • Siebold, Jim. My Old Maps website
  • History of Cartogarphy Project website
  • DiNapoli, Vincent (2010). Oz Preview III: Discovering and Naming Australia – The Indies. Travelanguist blog, July 7, 2010
  • Wikipedia: Terra Australis
  • Wikipedia: History of Cartography
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    The original letter to my brother, sent from Geraldton, Australia, on the 2nd of November 2019, did not include the timeline «A Blank on the Map» nor the wreck sites map «Ghosts of the Abrolhos». These parts were added later, when in 2023 L’Envol had stopped in Brazil for a 9-months breather and I had time to plunge into further research of the subject. Published from Charlotteville, Tobago, on the 25th of January 2024, under «wrong date» for the sake of the story.

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