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Dutch and German sailors to the East

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Dutch and German sailors to the East

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Surnames: Berkhof, Berkhoff, Berghoff, Birkhoff
The Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (United Dutch East-Indian Company) was in the period 1610-1794 by far the largest employer of the Dutch Republic, with an estimated yearly work force of 22.550 men. The wages were only half of what could be earned on shore. So sailors were often nor married, except those who came from other countries like Germany, France and Scandinavia. For them the wages were enough to be able to maintain a family. Contracts were signed for five years and only one in three saw in the end their home back.

The following names can be found at: Websilon.nl. A website with (at this moment) an almost complete index of all shippinglists of the period 1700-1794. More informaton can be found there (for example their function on board).


Name - Origin - Ship - Year of Departing

From The Netherlands:
Carel Berghoff - Kralingen - Vrouwe Anthoinetta Coenrardina 1776
Christiäen Berkhoff - Rotterdam - Berbices - 1713
Hendr: Berghof - Soest (NL?) - Mossel - 1715
Herman Berkhoff - Amsterdam - Wapen van Hoorn - 1731
Isaac Berghoff - Middelburgh - Gustaaf Willem - 1756
Isaak Berghoff - Middelburg - Snoek - 1751
Jan van Birckhoff - Oldenzeel - Engewormer - 1716
Johannes Berkhoff - S hertogenbosch - Schagen - 1761
Lodewijk Berkhoff - Delfshaven - Buitenleven - 1778
Leendert Berkhoff - Zeevenhuijzen - Horssen - 1785
Pieter Berghof - Swol - Haamstede - 1731
Pieter Berghoff - [] - Standvastigheid - 1750


From Germany:
Anthonij Berkhoff - Linge - Dankbaarheid - 1773
Christoffel Berkhoff - Adersleber - Admiraal De Ruyter - 1767
Hendrik Berkhoff - Erst in ceursland - Meijenburg - 1724
Hendrik Berkhoff - Ersz - t Vliegend Hart - 1730
Hendr: Berghof - Soest (D?) - Mossel - 1715
Hermanus Berkhof - Wenden aan de Roer - Tulpenburg - 1762
Jan Berkhoff - Munsterland - Slot Kronenburg - 1738
Jurrien Berkenhoff - Wezel - Middelburg - 1754
Nicolaas Berkhoff - Essemerk - Jonge Frank - 1788
Thomas Berkhoff - Canton Bern - Gustaaf Willem - 1749

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