Texel Island
August, 1633

"My ship. My first ship." Those words filled Michiel Adriaenszoon's thoughts as the crew heaved at their oars, and the boat bounced along on the slight waves.

It had all happened so suddenly. Only a few days ago, he was a steersman, the first mate of the Northern Company whaler Groene Leeuw. Now, he was the captain of a brand-new East India Company ship. After years as a merchant and sailor, it was hardly how he expected to have his first command.

The . . .

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