A new virtual diving tour of the 18th-century Dutch trading ship the Rooswijk allows you to have a three dimensional tour through the wrecking site. The Rooswijk was a Dutch East India Company vessel which sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands, off Kent, in January 1740.
The ship’s remains lie at a depth of some 25 metres and are owned by the Dutch Government. The UK government is responsible for managing shipwrecks in British waters, therefore both countries work closely together to manage and protect the wreck site.
As a joint English and Dutch project, several agencies worked closely together on the excavation of the wreck, which was lost 279 years ago.
The Maritime Programme of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture) and Historic England (on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) are responsible for the joint management of the Rooswijk. This virtual trail has been created to allow the public access to the site. You can find out more about the Rooswijk on the National Heritage List for England:
The Rooswijk was a Dutch East India Company vessel which sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands, off Kent, in January 1740. The ship was outward-bound for Batavia (modern-day Jakarta) with trade goods. It is a listed site.
For more information see the websites of Historic England or of the RCE (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) in Dutch.