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Rooswijk, towards the north eastern end of the Kellett Gut - Kent (off)

The VOC (Dutch East Company) ship Rooswijk was built in Amsterdam in 1737 but stranded on the Goodwin Sands in 1739 while en route from the Texel to the East Indies. The site represents archaeological evidence for the practice of large-scale overseas commerce between the Netherlands and Asia during the C18. As with other sites in the Goodwins, archaeological material is at risk owing to mobile sediments causing periodic exposure. A diver survey is planned for 2016 in a joint project with the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency and other stakeholders.

Rooswijk, towards the north eastern end of the Kellett Gut - Kent (off)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Rooswijk
  • Heritage Category: Protected Wreck Site
  • List Entry Number: 1000085
  • Local Planning Authority: Kent (off)
  • Site Type: Maritime > Wreck


  • Locality: Towards the north eastern end of the Kellett Gut
  • County: off Kent (off)
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Wreck site
  • Condition: Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems
  • Vulnerability: High
  • Trend: Declining
  • Priority Category: E - Monitoring as appropriate (any trend)
  • Previous Priority Category: E
  • Owner Type: Private
  • New Entry: No

Contact Details

Alison James 01332 881663

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England