Sunday, March 14, 2004
Maps and locations from the Anglo-Dutch Wars
I have been studying a map of the Seven United Provinces (The Netherlands). Walcheren Island and the rest of Zeeland are quite useful. I am working on a suitable map that I will be posting. I knew that this would be challenge, and it is "slow going".
One thing that I learned was the location of "The Rammekens". After the Battle of the Gabbard, Tromp had ships needing repairs beached "on the Rammekens". That is an area in the South East part of Walcheren. Vlissingen is to the West. Tromp reported that since the shore off Vlissingen (Flushing) was so rocky, that they would use the beach at the Rammekens for making repairs.
Looking at the map, you can see that the area off Vlissingen appears to be an ideal fleet anchorage, as there is very large, protected area of water. To the North, where the "Goeree Gatt" is located, near the island of Goeree, there is a much smaller-looking anchorage. Some ships sheltered there, after the Gabbard, as well. As usual, there was a contingent, including Witte de With's squadron, which retreated to the Texel roads (often referred to as "The Texel".