Sunday, November 16, 2003

Prinses Louise I was just starting to step through my copy of "Staet van Oorlogh te water voor den Jaere 1654". The classic dimensions given for this ship were: Length: 110 feet Beam: 26-1/2 feet Hold: 11-1/2 feet This makes the ship seem to be very small. As I have said before, these are the measurements in Maas feet. What are apparently accurate dimensions in Amsterdam feet are given in Weber and Van Foreest's book, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, on page 189. These are: Length: 120 feet Beam: 28 feet-4 inches Hold: 12 feet-6 inches This is in Amsterdam feet of 11 inches. An Amsterdam foot is approximately 283 mm. The Maas foot is about 12/11 x's the size. The armament in July 1654 is known, and is likely to be what was carried during the First Anglo-Dutch War: 36 guns Brass: 2-light 24pdr 4-light 12pdr 10-chambered 12pdr 4-chambered 5pdr Iron: 16-12pdr I would be interested to know if anyone would know the weights of the more obscure sort of Dutch guns, such as some of these. I am also interested in Dutch gun inventories that show weights. G. C. Dik's book about the Zeven Provinciƫn has such an inventory.

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