Get going quickly on Linux involves installation of the software suite and starting the MonetDB daemon monetdbd. It runs in the background and facilitates, amongst others, management of local/remote servers. The daemon is controlled by the application monetdb. See their documentation for all details.
The MonetDB/SQL tutorial is based on the material published in the book J.R. Bruijn, F.S. Gaastra and I. Schaar, Dutch-Asiatic Shipping in the 17th and 18th Centuries, which gives an account of the trips made to the East and ships returned safely (or wrecked on the way). A total of 8000 records are provided. They include information about ship name and type, captain, the arrival/departure of harbors along the route, personnel accounts, and anecdotal information.