Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck

Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck van Zutphen is the oldest Jolinck I know about. Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck was born around 1563 in Zutphen, a city in Gelderland, the East of the Netherlands. He left the Netherlands and travelled to Portugal when he was only 17 or 18 years old, to learn the language.
In 1585, he sailed on the Portuguese vessel the S. Franciso from Lisbon to several places along the Malabar coast, making him one of the first Dutchmen to visit the Indies.
He subsequently joined the second Dutch voyage to the Indies as steersman and navigator, to return in Amsterdam in the year 1600.

second Dutch voyage to the Indies

We know most about his trip to the East Indies under Jacob Cornelisz. van Neck (1564-1638) and Wybrant Warwijck (1569-1615). He was steersman and navigator on the Vriesland and later the Amsterdam on this voyage. The second Dutch voyage to the Indies started in 1598 on the island Texel and ended in 1600 in Amsterdam. Four ships under Van Neck returned to Texel on 1599 Jun 17. The other four ships departed from Bantam on 1599 January 9. Two ships under command of Jacob van Heemskerk returned on 1600 May 19 and the two remaining ships under command of Wybrant van Warwijck returned in September. This voyage for the "Oude Compagnie" was only one of a few such voyages before the founding of the famous Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (V.O.C.), the world's first multinational company, on 1602 Mar 20. It was a very successful one too. All eight ships that departed returned.

another voyage

On 1601 April 23, Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck left for the Indies again, in a fleet under Admiral Wolphert Hermansz, that included the same Gelderland and Utrecht that had been part of the second Dutch voyage to the Indies.
When the fleet left port, Jolinck was steersman on the admiralship the Gelderland. On 1602 April 20, he transferred from the Gelderland to the Utrecht because of his experience in navigating to Ternate.
The Utrecht arrived in Bantam on 1601 Dec 26. It is not known what became of Jolinck after that.


Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck kept a meticulous journal of the second Dutch voyage to the Indies. It is one of the most extensive journals of this voyage, full of detailed observations, drawings and some amusing autobiographical stories. The actual journal is preceded by a brief autobiography of his life up until that journey.
Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck was a bit of polyglot. The Journal is written in Old Dutch, but he throws in the occasional Latin phrase. He spoke Portuguese and Malaysian as well.

manuscript publication

The manuscript was acquired by the National Archives more than a century ago, in 1904, from the bookseller R. W. P. de Vries en Zonen in Amsterdam.
The autobiographical part was first reprinted in an article by S.P. l'Honoré Naber, "De reizen van Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck van Zutphen", in Het Marineblad, Volume 1909-1910, Issue 6. Later, J. Keuning transcribed and annotated the complete text, which was issued in 1947 as the 50th publication of the Van Linschoten Vereniging. It's own title is Het Journaal van Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck, but it is generally referred to as Band 1 of Part V (Eerste Stuk van het Vijfde Deel) of De Tweede Scheepvaart der Nederlanders naar Oost-Indië onder Jacob Cornelisz. van Neck en Wybrant Warwijck 1598-1600:

The text is printed in clear type, and the annotations help make the Old Dutch text readable for someone familiar with modern Dutch.


The manuscript was acquired in 1904 by the Dutch National Archives in The Hague, and was catalogued as Archief van de Compagniën op Oost-Indië 1594-1603, no. 60. A microfilm is available.
A copy of the Van Linschoten edition is part of the collection of the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie in The Hague, adjoining the National Archives, both some 50 metres from The Hague Central Station.
A complete collection of issues of Het Marineblad is kept by the Nederlands Instituut for Maritime History (Institute for Maritime History) in The Hague, some 500 metres from The Hague Central Station. An appointment prior to your visit there is recommended.
Another complete collection of issues of Het Marineblad is kept in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library), next to the National Archives.

obtaining a copy

The Van Linschoten book is sold out. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, you'll have to do so through a second-hand book dealer. The publications of the Van Linschoten Vereniging are in much demand with collectors. These eager collectors of the Van Linschoten series keep the book hard to get and the price high; if you have a chance to obtain a copy for less than fifty Euros, take it before it is gone.

The Van Linschoten Vereniging maintains a complete list of all publications. Many older books are sold out (uitverkocht), but you can always try your luck on the second hand copies trading page they maintain as a service.

descendants of Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck

The Jolink genealogy as it exists now, like so many other Dutch genealogies, starts around 1650. Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck lived and died before that. It is possible, but not sure, that several Jaelinck, known to have lived in Zutphen in the 17th century, are descendants of Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck. Today, the descendants of these Jaelinck are known as Jalink.