Once upon a time there was a captain called Jan Vlieland.
He sailed from Rotterdam to London with cargo or passengers .
Because of all the rules and laws during that time ,he followed his own rules .
In 1813 he was sailing in rough sea towards Rotterdam .
Some passengers were seasick and asked to be be landed before Rotterdam .
Others wanted to go to Rotterdam .
But the French that occupied the Netherlands at that time, captured vessel , captain and passengers .
They were held prisoner in the rasphouse in Dordrecht on the second floor .
But Jan had a cunning plan .
He used the fire in the prison to heat the hinges of his bed
On the second floor where they were kept prisoner there was a wooden wall and he burned through this wall and escaped together with the other prisoners ..
A reward was offered in an newspaper add ,but they were gone .
The story was in the newspaper and the archives of Rotterdam and is a true story and Jan....... he lived happily ever after.
Some of his passengers told the story in their own way .
In the Rotterdam Yearbook we find