Treasure discovery on Dutch Terschelling island

This is a video about a horse and cart excursion to the Boschplaat nature reserve on Terschelling island in the Netherlands.

Translated from Jikke Zijlstra in the Netherlands:

Treasure beached on Terschelling

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 07:23

On Terschelling a wrecked ship has washed ashore with a special treasure in it: about 300 kilogram of copper bars, thousands of beads, over forty copper pans, pot and bottle shards.

Presumably, the objects are from the eighteenth century, says curator and museum director Frans Schot of museum Het Behouden Huis

the official (old Dutch) spelling of the museum’s name is ‘t Behouden Huys

on Terschelling. According to curator Schot wrecks beach often, but hardly ever with such a cargo on board.

A voluntary bird warden of the Forestry Department found the remains of a wooden boat two weeks ago near the tide line, when he and his wife were walking in the Boschplaat, a nature reserve on the island. He found among the sand on the bottom of the boat thousands of beads. Some are made of glass, others probably of bone. Together with his wife he took the beads out of the sand.


He could not get the rest of the load out of the wreck by hand. A few days later he did manage that, with the help of colleagues and a car with a big hoist. The cargo was transferred to Het Behouden Huis, the wreck has disappeared into the sea.

Because many curators are on vacation, there is still no definitive ruling on the origins of the wreck and the cargo. But according to Schot one may suspect at least some things. He has submitted the beads to beads experts. They say that the beads probably were made in the eighteenth century in Venice or in Amsterdam, ​​and were used as currency by the West India Company and others. They took slaves from Africa and then brought them to Suriname.

See also here. And here.

A photo is here. A beads photo is here.

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