Zeeziek! Arbeidsongeschiktheid na bedrijfsongevallen op zee in de achttiende eeuw

Jessica den Oudsten, Tessa de Boer

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The maritime sector was one of the largest employers of the Dutch Republic, with a constant high demand for labor. Life at sea was full of risks, and for sailors, accidents or violent assaults often resulted in permanent physical or mental impairment. The handling of the accident, the aftercare and the way seafarers with permanent disabilities reshaped their lives have hardly been studied. This article shows that socioeconomic provisions existed for incapacitated seafarers and provides insight into the similarities and differences among various types of shipping organizations in the way incidents were handled. It reveals how some sailors were able to continue their maritime careers despite their disability.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)64-86
JournalDe Achttiende Eeuw
Issue number2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Dutch mariners
  • Workplace accidents
  • Physical disability
  • Mental impairment
  • Compensation for damages
  • Treatment
  • Eighteenth century
  • Sailors

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