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Lucretia's Eylandt

by Andy Michaels

Andy has such soul inspiring music! (Q108 Radio - Canada, Oct 2017) Poet, composer, singer and guitarist, Andy "is a wonderful breath of fresh of fresh air in a somewhat cynical and tumultuous musical world." (Coastal Times W.A) Although his songs have been described as “True Adult Contemporary Music” and compared with Live, James Blunt, The Script, Cat Stevens, and Neil Young , his arrangements and music are also reminiscent of Cold Play, Maroon 5, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel. His voice is unique and gives passion and vitality to all his songs. For more information about Andy’s music visit www.andymichaelsmusic.com
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This song was written about the worlds most horrifying shipwreck of them all which was that of the Batavia in June 1629.

She was a new ship on her maiden voyage when she sailed from Amsterdam with 316 seamen, soldiers, women and children.

On the ship was a treasure of 12 chests of coin as well as precious jewels and goods.

The Commander of the vessel was Francisco Pelseart, who was known to be attracted to a young woman travelling alone - Lucretia Van der Mylen.

On 4th June in the darkness before dawn the Batavia ran onto an outlying coral reef of the Abrolhos Islands.
In a few hours the ship was flooded and had to be abandoned. The passengers were put ashore on tiny coral atolls with two ships boats and very little food or water.

On the second morning the largest boat with Pelseart and his officers had gone. A note was left which said they had gone to find water.
Meanwhile Jeronimus Cornelius, the senior remaining officer, took command of the castaways. With his followers he began systematically murdering more than one hundred men, women and children. Then they raped the women and those who resisted had their throats cut.

Jeronimus selected Lucretia for his own concubine.

There was however one problem facing the mutineers. A group of soldiers had been set ashore on a large island where they were soon joined by survivors from the massacre.
It was decided to launch a surprise attack on the soldiers and a battle was raging on the day Pelseart's rescue ship returned. There was a race to warn the ship which was won by the soldiers and the mutineers surrendered without firing a shot.

Pelseart decided to hang Cornelius and the ring leaders and the executions were carried out on a cold wet morning on 2 October 1629.

Upon Pelseart and the suriviors return to Batavia, an investigation was launched into the disasterous voyage.

Pelseart died twelve months later. Lucretia lived to be a very old lady.

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