HU2980 : The Chaa-ans and Hollanders Grave, Shetland

near to Heylor, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

The Chaa-ans and Hollanders Grave, Shetland
The Chaa-ans and Hollanders Grave, Shetland
Looking along the south shore of Ronas Voe, near Heylor the nearer high ground is The Chaa-ans with beyond that the high point known as Hollanders Grave. Many thanks to Robert Sandison who has advised that Hollanders Grave was named after the following incident. "A mass burial took place near Heylor in 1674, when an unknown number of the crew of the Wapen van Rotterdam, a 1,000 ton ship with 60 guns belonging to the Dutch East India Company, were killed in action during the Third Anglo-Dutch war.
It was common practice for both English and Dutch warships to take shelter in Ronas Voe from storms and it was while sheltering there that the Wapen van Rotterdam was trapped in the voe and mercilessly attacked by three British warships.
They were the RN frigates 'Newcastle', with 54 guns, the 'Cambridge' with 74 guns and the 'Crown' with 48 guns. It must have been some spectacle for the local folk, who in all probability had more in common with the Netherlanders, than they would have had with the English."
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