In March, 1662, Hamel and his
mates thanked the governor for his kindness and left
for Yeosu, Suncheon, and Namwon. Since Suncheon and
Yeosu were in the same direction, people going there
Four days later they arrived in
Five people stayed there and the rest left for Yeosu.
According to Hamel, they had to stay overnight in a
storehouse on their way to Yeosu. Next day, at 9 am,
they arrived in Yeosu. They were immediately handed
over to the governor. They were given a house with furniture
and also they were given an allowance.
The kind and warm governor left for another place two
days after they arrived.
Three days after he left, the
new governor came. It was unfortunate for them that
he was not kind at all. He ordered them to stand by
under hot sunlight or in the rain or hail in winter
The winter was drawing near in Yeosu, but they only
had a suit of clothes they were wearing because of a
bad year. Other people in Suncheon and Namwon could
prepare some clothes because their area had a good harvest.
Hamel and his mates in Yeosu told about their situation
and the half of them were allowed to go out for three
days. Sometimes, they could go out for 15 or 30 days.
In 1664, Hamel and his mates had a new governor. He
released them from all kinds of compulsory labor unlike
the old governor. He ordered them to work as their mates
in Suncheon or Namwon did.
He also allowed them to go out except the two days of
inspection a month. Hamel wrote that "we thanked
Almighty God for sending a good man".
Since the watch on them became loose, they made every
effort to buy a ship.
In 1665, although difficult, they
just managed to obtain a small ferry to store emergency
provisions. They examined neighboring islands using
Hamel wrote an interesting story of Amhaengeosa(a secret
loyal inspector) in the Joseon Dynasty.
Early 1666, the new governor
came there. Like vicious governors, he forced Hamel
and his mates to do hard work.
During training of the naval force, careless gunners
put a fire in cartridge boxes and as a result, five
people were killed or wounded.
The governor intended to hide this sudden accident,
but it was disclosed by Amhaengeosa, who went around
in all part of the country as a person close to the
king who investigates and inspects local circumstances.
In July, 1666, the new governor came again and they
suffered from compulsory labor and miscellaneous affairs.
Fortunately, they could raise more funds.
Finally, they could buy a ship. They paid to a Joseon
friend and took delivery of the ship.
But the old owner of the ship wanted to cancel their
transaction because he came to know Hamel and his mates
were the new owner. If they escaped using this ship,
he would die.
Hamel and his mates were sorry about him, but they comforted
him and paid double for the escape.
They started to prepare all things they need to escape
They decided to escape on Sept. 8 of the lunar calendar.
At the right moment, Matheus Ibocken and Cornelis Dirchksz
residing in Suncheon visited them. They explained them
about their plan to escape and planned to call Jan Pieterse
who is good at navigation. They went to Suncheon to
bring Jan Pieterse, but he went to Namwon. They went
to Namwon again and brought him.
On Sept. 4, they made every preparation for escape.
In the evening of that day, they moved things needed
to go on a voyage including rice, water, and pots into
the ship, pretending to have a good time.
After the moon went down, they
ventured to escape before the tide ebbed. Soon after,
they obtained water in a neighboring island, spread
a sail, and went out from a bay.
At dawn of August 16, 1653, 36 persons were shipwrecked
in Jeju-do and it took 13 years for them to escape on
Sept. 4, 1666.
But, only eight people including
Hamel could escape. His eight mates still remained in
Joseon: 3 in Namwon, 3 in Suncheon, and 2 in Yeosu.