Saturday, January 31, 2004
Witte de With's Squadron, Lying in the Texel in 1653 There are some Van de Velde drawings, from 1653, that show Witte de With's squadron, lying in the Texel, prior to the Battle of Scheveningen. At least one picture shows the new Huis te Swieten, which Witte de With was fitting out. Neither the Huis te Swieten (60 guns) and Michiel De Ruyter's new ship, the Huis te Kruiningen (54 guns), were ready in time for the Battle of Scheveningen. I have two questions: 1) What ships were in Witte de With's squadron in July 1653. 2) Can the ships in the drawings be identified?