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According to Arantainjoseongangpyochakiljigeon(յ˰), after Hamel and his mates arrived in Goto, they were sent to Nagasaki by Goto Morikiyo( = ݻi), the governor and uncle of Morikach().

Hamel wrote in his report that he met a government official in rank No. 3 in Goto.
After arriving in Goto, they anchored for 3 days before being sent to Nagasaki closely watched both on board and in land.

When they arrived in Nama(үؤ), Goto(), they were reported to Nagasaki under a general policy of a shipwrecked foreign ship in Japan. On Sept. 13, immediately after the sun rose, they left for Nagasaki under the escort of two large ships and two small ships.

Japan made a policy of sending to Nagasaki cases of shipwrecked in Japanese territory for interrogation.

On Sept. 14, they landed in the Nagasaki Port and met an VOC interpreter.
He asked their whole story and recorded it. A written evidence was handed to the Nagasaki governor. At noon, they were examined by the governor.

The governor highly congratulated them on their great spirit of adventure crossing a boundless expanse of water and their winning over freedom only with such a worn-out and old ship.

Then, they were sent to Deshima, an artificial island where the VOC branch was located.

They were warmly received from Willem Volger, Nicolas de Roeij, and other staff.
Eventually, they could get out of the painful and dangerous life under compulsion in Joseon for 13 years and 28 days.

Willem Volger started Deshima along with seven ships on Oct. 1 and left Japan on Oct. 23. However, Hamel and his mates could not go with them because the Japanese government had not finish the interrogation.

The Japanese government ordered Hamel and his mates to stay for at least one year.


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