The ship's crew were in their second year of a mission to attack Spanish and Portuguese settlements in Asia and Africa, and to collect pepper, a valuable Southern Asian spice, to bring back to Europe. When they became shipwrecked at Usuki in Bungo province on 1600/3/7, the crew of 24 were half-starved; seven later died of malnutrition. William Adams, Jan Joosten, and several of the other survivors entered the service of Tokugawa Ieyasu and settled in Japan.
- Marc Jason Gilbert. "Paper Trails: Deshima Island: A Stepping Stone between Civilizations." World History Connected 3.3 (2006). Accessed 4 Jan. 2013.
- Explanatory plaques in Yaesu underground shopping arcade, Tokyo.