Friday, January 25, 2013
I have been a past contributor to Teemu Koivumaki's Sailing Warships website. I had lost touch with the correct URL, but now have it again.
Has anyone know anything about a small frigate Middelburg that was mentioned along with the frigate Leiderdorp in 1665? The Middelburg and Leiderdorp seem to have been similar ships, both carrying 28 guns and having crews of 120 men. They both were used by the Admiralty of Amsterdam. There was another, larger ship named Middelburg that was also used by the Admiralty of Amsterdam. This was a ship probably built in 1659 and was the ship commanded by Willem van der Zaan in 1661 when he captured a Turkish pirate ship. The ship Middelburg, built in about 1659, was the ship burnt at Tobago in 1677.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I was surprised to find that I had good information that I didn't realized that I had about the Noorderkwartier ship Westfriesland. The Westfriesland was 8 years old on 26 February 1674, so the ship was built in 1666. The dimensions were: 160ft x 40ft x 14-1/2ft x 7-3/4ft. I also have the gun list dating from 16 May 1673: 6-bronze 36pdr, 2-bronze 18pdr, 18-iron 18pdr, 28-iron 12pdr, 6-bronze 6pdr, and 22-iron 6pdr. The crew on 16 May 1673 was 324 men. The captain was Jan Heck, who had commanded the old Eenhoorn during the First Anglo-Dutch War. My sources were a photograph of a document from the Nationaal Archief and a list of ship from Carl Stapel that he had sent me in 2007. By the way, I have a new Kindle book available: "Arming the Dutch Navy in the First Anglo-Dutch War". This is the link to download the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0Q72I6.
Monday, May 07, 2012
One of the ships hired for service with the fleet sent to aid the Portuguese in 1641 was named the Prins. The Prins was armed with 38 guns and had a crew of 120 men. My question is if this was the same ship hired by the Rotterdam Directors in 1652 for service in the First Anglo-Dutch War? Both ships carried the same number of guns and had the same crew size. The Prins in 1653 later had a larger crew. We happen to know the dimensions of the Prins hired in 1641: 142ft x 29-1/2ft x 13-1/2ft x ?. We don't know the deck height.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
In 1652 into 1653, Rombout van der Parre commanded a small ship hired by the Admiralty of Friesland: the Prinses Albertina van Orangien (the document from 1652 says Princesse Albartina van Orangien). In July 1652, he was assigned to Michiel De Ruyter's fleet that was to convoy merchant ships up and down the Channel. The specifications for the ship were as follows:
Length: 107-1/2ft Beam: 26ft Hold: 11-1/2ft Deck height: 6-1/4ft 26 iron guns: 6-8pdr, 14-6pdr, 4-4pdr, 2-3pdr Crew: 90 men: (the document has numbers which do not sum: 68 sailors and 12 soldiers) The Prinses Albertina (as it was usually called) was probably one of a group of ships stranded at Scheveningen in a storm in early 1653.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The ship Graaf Hendrik was hired by Groningen and served with the Admiralty of Friesland in the First Angl0-Dutch War. There are some pages from late 1652 that say that the Graaf Hendrik was a Groningen Directors' ship, but in 1653, the ship is always said to have served the Admiralty of Friesland. From the beginning of the war up until sometime in the spring of 1653, the Graaf Hendrik carried 30 guns. The ship was up-gunned to 36 guns and carried that number until her loss in the storm off the Texel in early November 1653. The Graaf Hendrik had a crew of 110 men, even after being up-gunned. The dimensions were:
The 36 gun armament was:
2-bronze 24pdr klokwijs guns
2-bronze 12pdr guns
2-bronze 12pdr klokwijs guns
4-bronze 3pdr klokwijs guns
2-iron 12pdr guns
2-iron 10pdr guns
8-iron 8pdr guns
10-iron 5pdr guns
4-iron 3pdr gunsNote that Jan Reyndersz Wagenaar commanded the Graaf Hendrik from the time that the ship was hired in 1652 until the Graaf Hendrik foundered in the storm off the Texel in November 1653.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I have been the beneficiary in the past of receiving documents from Carl Stapel with the fruits of his research. What has interested me lately has been a list of Noorderkwartier ships from 1642 with sizes in lasts and dates when the ships were built. These were ships that served in 1652-1653, some with the same captain. In some cases, the nominal lasts do not match the dimensions (such as the Eendracht and Prinses Roijaal).
Adm Ship Built Lasts Guns Sailors Captain N Alkmaar 1639 150 22 95 Jan Warnaertsz Capelman N Samson 1627 250 23 95 Floris Cornelisz Schellingkhout N Monnikendam 1640 150 24 95 Arent Dirckszoon N Kasteel van Medemblik 1640 24 95 Pieter Jacobz Schellinger N Stad Medemblik 1625 175 27 95 Gabriel Teuniszoon N Prinses Roijaal 1641 250 34 100 Cornelis Albertsz 't Hoen N Wapen van Holland 1639 200 28 90 Cornelis Lievensz de Zeeuw N Witte Eenhoorn 1626 200 34 90 Jan Tijssen N Hollandse Tuin 1632 250 32 97 Jan Heindrijchsz Backer N Eendracht 1639 300 36 101 Pauwels Vincentsz Coolen Estimate dimensions: 150 lasts: 116ft x 25-1/2ft x 10-1/2ft 175 lasts: 120ft x 27ft x 11ft 200 lasts: 125ft x 29ft x 11-1/2ft 250 lasts: 129ft x 31ft x 12ft (estimated) 300 lasts: 130ft x 32ft x 12ft
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Our faithful reader and fellow researcher found this page that seems to give the names of the five Dutch warships in the foreground in the Van de Velde drawing of the Battle of Dunkirk on 18 February 1639: the Rotterdam, the Nassau, the Prins Hendrik, the ‘Deventer’ and the Aemilia.