SOME HISTORY - The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman (Dutch: De Vliegende Hollander) is a legendary ghost ship, allegedly never able to make port, but doomed to sail the seven seas forever. The myths and ghost stories are likely to have originated from the 17th-century Golden Age of the Dutch East India Company (VOC)[ and of Dutch maritime power.

The oldest known extant version of the legend dates from the late 18th century. According to the legend, if hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman might try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. Reported sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries claimed that the ship glowed with a ghostly light. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship functions as a portent of doom. It was commonly believed that the Flying Dutchman was a seventeenth-century cargo vessel known as a fluyt.
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As most people were not aware of this, I thought it be worth mentioning,  I still believe that people call me The Flying Dutchman for being on the plane travelling all the time, both for bizz as well as for pleasure.    But that's the best learning school for anybody, travel, learn, get to know other culltures, get informed, be open minded.   Meeting other people from other cultures is one of the most rewarding benefits from the international business we are involved in.    And as I am always abroad, you can imagine how enriching every day is.

 The United East India Company (Dutch: Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie  abbr. as VOC, was a chartered company established on 20 March 1602  by the States General of the Netherlands amalgamating existing companies into the first joint-stock company in the world, granting it a 21-year monopoly to carry out trade activities in Asia. Shares in the company could be bought by any resident of the United Provinces and then subsequently bought and sold in open-air secondary markets (one of which became the Amsterdam Stock Exchange).

.It is sometimes considered to have been the first multinational corporation. It was a powerful company, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, strike its own coins, and establish colonies.

Statistically, the VOC eclipsed all of its rivals in the Asia trade. Between 1602 and 1796 the VOC sent almost a million Europeans to work in the Asia trade on 4,785 ships and netted for their efforts more than 2.5 million tons of Asian trade goods and enslaved persons. By contrast, the rest of Europe combined sent only 882,412 people from 1500 to 1795, and the fleet of the English (later British) East India Company, the VOC's nearest competitor, was a distant second to its total traffic with 2,690 ships and a mere one-fifth the tonnage of goods carried by the VOC. The VOC enjoyed huge profits from its spice monopoly and slave trading activities through most of the 17th century.

Having been set up in 1602 to profit from the Malukan spice trade, the VOC established a capital in the port city of Jayakarta in 1609 and changed its name to Batavia (now Jakarta). Over the next two centuries the company acquired additional ports as trading bases and safeguarded their interests by taking over surrounding territory. ] It remained an important trading concern and paid an 18% annual dividend for almost 200 years.
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So me being Dutch and involved in the shipping industry and having created our business as a PUBLIC LTD COMPANY (SA),  I thought it be interesting to share, too.  



Wa (和) is a Japanese cultural concept usually translated into English as "harmony". It implies a peaceful unity and conformity within a social group in which members prefer the continuation of a harmonious community over their personal interests.The kanji character wa (和) is also a name for "Japan; Japanese"] replacing the original graphic pejorative transcription Wa "dwarf/submissive people".

Wa is considered integral to Japanese society and derives from traditional Japanese family values. Individuals who break the ideal of wa to further their own purposes are brought in line either overtly or covertly, by reprimands from a superior or by their family or colleagues' tacit disapproval. Hierarchical structures exist in Japanese society primarily to ensure the continuation of wa.[ Public disagreement with the party line is generally suppressed in the interests of preserving the communal harmony.

Japanese businesses encourage wa in the workplace, with employees typically given a career for life in order to foster a strong association with their colleagues and firm. Rewards and bonuses are usually given to groups, rather than individuals, further enforcing the concept of group unity.


As we have great respect for the Japanese culture we have reflected this WA concepts into our company name:  WE ARE   - WA 


yours glocally !!!

A lighter version of the history of the Flying Dutchman can be found in at least 3 chapters of Spongebob   ;)      Enjoy !!!!  

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