Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Seven of the 36 ships of 1651

I am not sure how widely available this information is, so I am posting it, to correct that problem. As you may or may not know, the Dutch had a series of acts that funded ships, starting in 1648. After the Peace of Munster, forty ships were funded as cruisers. That is usually all that is credited, up until 1651. In 1651, 36 new cruisers were added to the fleet. I can only definitely name seven of the 36. They all belonged to the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier:

AlkmaarJan Warnaertszoon Capelman9528???
EendrachtJacob de Boer14040130 ft32 ft12 ft
Jonge PrinsCornelis Barentszoon Slordt11528120 ft28 ft11.5 ft
MonnikendamPieter Florissen13836120 ft28.5 ft11 ft
Prinses RoijaalAlbert Corneliszoon 't Hoen14034???
Stad van MedemblikPieter Schellinger11030???
Wapen van EnkhuizenGerrit Femssen11034120 ft29 ft11.75 ft

We actually know the armaments carried for some of these ships.

Eendracht2-24pdr, 10-18pdr, 12-12pdr, 2-9pdr, 7-8pdr, 4-6pdr, 2-4pdr
Jonge Prins2-24pdr, 10-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 2-5pdr, 4-4pdr, 2-2pdr
Monnikendam8-18pdr, 10-12pdr, 2-10pdr, 10-6pdr, 6-4pdr, 2-3pdr

We can always wish to know more, but unless we can find the "Staet van Oorlogh te water voor den Jaere 1648", we are probably out of luck.

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