In The Prince Maurice
Sailed from Amsterdam December 21, 1656
Left Texel December 25, 1656
Arrived at Long Island March 8, 1657; wrecked
Destination of Colonists: South River, New Amstel
Jacob Alrichs, director". . . My last to your Honors was dated the 25th December, 1656, and was written from the Texel, when I went to sea and set sail in the ship Prins Mourits . . . it was discovered, also, that neither the skipper, pilot, nor any superior officer belonging to the ship, had ever been in New Netherland, or frequented its coast . . . on the night of the 8th of March, after we had sailed that day in 26, 18, and 16 fathoms of water . . . the men unexpectedly called out eight and nine fathoms. Wishing, thereupon, to tack, and the ship refusing, she immediately struck . . . we were not a moment certain whether we should leave there alive or perish. After passing through most of the darkness of that night with great anxiety and fear, we found ourselves, at day-break, about a gunshot from the shore, but being between the shoals and the strand in such a bad position, and ignorant whether this place was north or south of the Manhattes, it was unanimously resolved, first to save our lives and then exert every nerve to save as much as we possibly could. Accordingly on the 9th of March, in severe, bitter and freezing weather, with drifting ice, after great trouble, through dangerous breakers in a very leaky boat, with considerable water in it, we succeeded in reaching the shore . . . neither bush nor grass grew, nor was any tree or fire-wood . . . On the third day we, for the first time, saw and spoke to some Indians, who informed us that it was the foreland of Long Island . . ."
"An agreement was made to this effect, as by the Charter party, with the skipper of the Bever; when at the Manhattes or New Amsterdam. I have about 50 persons more, who arrived with other ships, and in order to go to the Colonie, have also taken up with the ship Bever, which, having completed her cargo, set sail, on the 16th of April, from the harbor of New Amsterdam, and arrived in the Colonie and at Fort New Amstel on the 21st [April], where I have been put in possession agreeably to the deed of conveyance executed for me by the Director-General in Fort New Amsterdam."
Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, E. B. O'Callaghan, Albany Weed Parsons and Co., ©1858, Holland Documents II, p 4-10, 54, 179-181.
Documents relating to the Dutch and Swedish Settlements on the Delaware River, B. Fernow, ©1877, p 184.
History of the State of New York, James Romeyn Brodhead, ©1853, Vol I, pg 631.