The Perpetua was a relatively small English ship that hit the rocks in a storm and sank on May 22, 1851. Little is known about the Perpetua. It is not exactly known where and when it is built, almost certainly in England in about 1820. About its captain, Preston Diget is, beyond the fact that he survived the sinking, only known that he died penniless in Southampton in 1868. The wreck was discovered by fishermen around 1948. In 1956 the wreck was explored by divers led by my great-uncle, the underwater archaeologist Horatio Evol, in the Java Sea. Although the ship was probably used for the lucrative opium trade between India and China, it also had a special cargo of (at that time already antique) eccentric small bowls, jars, tiles, porcelain, pottery and dishes.
Recently, this extraordinary discovery came from the estate of my uncle in my possession.
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The name Perpetua was based on 'Perpetua Porseline' my goddess of blue and white porcelain (and Delftware) that I depicted on a 3,5 meters high vase that is now in the collection of museum 'De Prinsenhof' Delft, The Netherlands.