Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Dutch flagships at the Battle of Portland

As you might be able to tell, I am currently consumed by learning about the Battle of Portland (the Three Days Battle). I thought it might be interesting to list my best estimates for the four Dutch flagships at the Battle of Portland. Sadly, this has some estimates and calculations, although it also includes the best information available from archival sources (Nationaal Archief in the Hague).

Note that the dimensions for the Brederode are calculated. Researchers such as Jan Glete and Ab Hoving have known for a long time that the usual dimensions for the Brederode are actually in Maas feet, not Amsterdam feet. Roughly, you can multiply a Maas foot by 12/11 to get the dimensions in Amsterdam feet. I only found this out about a year ago, when I got the "famous" 26 February 1652 Rotterdam Admiralty list.

NameBrederodeWitte LamHollandiaMonnikendam
Captain/AdmiralTrompDe RuyterJan EvertsenPieter Florissen
AdmiraltyRotterdamVlissingen DirectorsZeelandNoorderkwartier
English Burden654 tons395 tons379 tons368 tons
Navigational draft17ft13ft14ft13ft
Length x Beam x Depth144ft x 35ft x 14ft-8in127ft x 27-1/4ft x 12.5ft120ft x 29ft x 12.5ft120ft x 28.5ft x 11ft
Gun list4-36pdr, 12-24pdr, 8-18pdr, 20-12pdr, 10-6pdr, 4-4pdr2-24pdr, 4-18pdr, 14-12pdr, 10-8pdr, 6-6pdr, 4-4pdr4-4pdr, 16-12pdr, 12-8pdr, 6-4pdr4-18pdr, 10-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 10-6pdr, 4-4pdr

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