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Since 1799 a great deal of effort has been made to recover the cargo, in particular:

1800 / 1801 Robbé – Receiver of Wrecks Terschelling
Found 58 gold bars and 35 silver bars
As from 1814 Pierre Eschauzier – Receiver of Wrecks Terschelling
Little success
1821 Foundation of the Onderneming op de Lutine
(Decretal Salvors)
1823 King Willem I gave his share of 50% of any salvaged cargo to the King of England, who in turn passed it on to Lloyd’s
1857 to 1860 Taurel / Brand-Eschauzier
They were successful and retrieved 41 gold bars and 64 silver bars.
They also recovered the famous Lutine bell
(now hanging at Lloyd’s / London)


Lutine Bell

From 1893 Lutine Syndicate (including John J. Fletcher)


Sketch of the Lutine site made by Fletcher in 1898

From 1900 THE NEW Lutine Company
1910 British National Salvage Association (Fletcher)
1928 Texelse NV Stoomboot + Doeksen & Zn
1933 Tower of ‘BECKERS’


2nd Becker’s Tower – at Terschelling 1934

1938 KARIMATA (one gold bar found)


Replica of the gold bar found in 1938


Karimata at Terschelling – June 1938

1980 Palisade Exploration Company (Mortimer)
As from 1990     Diving team CARANAN with Ane Duijf


As from 1860, there have been many plans and efforts to retrieve the cargo, but except for the one gold bar found by the KARIMATA in 1938, little success has been achieved. Parts of the Lutine have been recovered, including cannons, parts of the hull and numerous smaller items, such as coins, but her precious cargo has not been recovered. Since 1990 Mr. Duijf and his team have been trying to unravel the mystery of the foundering of the Lutine, and they have done so with partial success.

In 1823 King Willem I of the Netherlands arranged by royal decree that the share of 50% of retrieved cargo belonging to the State of the Netherlands (as per Royal Decree of 1821 half of what was brought to the surface would be allocated to the Decretal Salvors and the other half to the State) was to be ceded to the King of England. And, in his turn, the latter ceded his rights to the Corporation of Lloyd’s.

In practice this means that from that time parties interested in working on the Lutine needed permission from Lloyd’s.


Standing: Lloyd’s Agent J.H. Schröder – 1898

The Lloyd’s Agents in Amsterdam have always been actively involved in the various salvage attempts. As from 1865 our company, then known under the name of "Alfred Schröder" and since 2000 under the name of "Interlloyd Averij B.V.", has acted as eyes and ears for Lloyd’s during the various salvage attempts. We have been involved in arranging contracts between potential salvors and Lloyd’s, we have monitored the salvage operations and we have kept Lloyd’s informed of developments. Moreover, we have also arranged the sale of any artifacts found.

Since 1990 we have been in close contact with Ane Duijf and his team. We have followed his (archeological) investigations, which have resulted in a better understanding of the grounding and foundering of the Lutine on the night of the 9th October 1799. Moreover, many smaller artifacts have been found and even an important part of the wreck has been traced. However, the precious cargo of the Lutine has not yet been traced.

As long as the mystery of the lost cargo has not been solved, the Lutine file will remain open. There will always be adventurous and enterprising people, who will be attracted by the mystery of the gold and silver treasure which must still be hidden somewhere in the sands off the Dutch coast near Terschelling and Vlieland.