Friday, January 23, 2004
My third writing project: Dutch Ships 1620-1720 My third project is a listing of Dutch ships, starting from the early part of the 17th Century up to about 1720. Right now, the document is 46 pages. Much of what is there has never been published. That is mainly from copies of manuscripts, primarily from the Amsterdam Directors. Some of the rest is from obscure published sources (obscure to the English-speaking world), primarily Dr. Elias' book, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, in 6 volumes. I am also indebted to Professor Jan Glete, in Stockholm, who has kindly supplied me with his notes that he collected 20 years ago, when he was researching Navies and Nations. He also provided his notes and copies of French intelligence about the Dutch navy. Because of this, we have dimensions for Dutch ships that we would not have known.