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Willem Leyel

Due to internal wars in Europe, contacts between Tranquebar and Denmark were infrequent. After Roelant Crappé left, another Dutch merchant, Behrent Pessart became the Governor from 1637-1643. It is said of him, that he was “intelligent, but most unreliable”. [Kay Larsen, De Dansk-ostindiske kolonierne]. His accounts were not well-kept, and he performed high-handed deals only to lose them, and the Colony was in great debt. Two ships left Denmark in 1639 Solen (The Sun) and Christianshavn. The ship Solen reached Tranquebar in 1640, but Christianshavn was held up at the Canary Islands for several years, and reached Tranquebar only in 1643. Aboard this ship was the next Governor of Tranquebar, Willem Leyel. Due to a prolonged war with Sweden, there was no connection between Tranquebar and Denmark for 29 years! After a dramatic siege in which Pessart failed to surrender the leadership to Leyel, Pessart fled the colony and was eventually killed on a beach in the Philippines by the natives.

Two of the chaplains employed in Tranquebar, Niels Andersen Udbyneder and Christen Pedersen Storm were drunk most of the time. After several complaints, Leyel decided to remove Niels Andersen from the fort, and lodge him aboard the ship “Christianshavn”. At about the same time, Christen Pedersen Storm was caught in the act of instigating mutiny aboard the ship “Fortuna”. He was imprisoned, and brought aboard “Christianshavn”, where a court was set to hear the case, during January, 1645. The interrogation protocol can still be found in the Archives in Copenhagen. After several witnesses testified against him, he confessed to instigation of mutiny, and his signature of confession can still be seen in the protocols. He was condemned to be sewn in a sack with stones and thrown in to the sea. His three slaves were to be released to freedom. The judgment was signed by Willem Leyel, Jørgen Hansen, Poul Nielsen, Rasmus Pedersen and Amund Olufsen. The order was executed the same day. The protocol continues: “On January 30, the judgment against Christen Pedersen Storm was carried out approximately 40 kms north of Dansborg and 10 kms from the shore”. Details of Willem Leyels  life in India can be  found in  Asta Bredsdorff's  "The trials and travels of  Willem Leyel".