Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Sailors, Marines, and Soldiers

It is very rare to see a complete listing of the crew of a Dutch ship. Normally, marines were lumped together with sailors, with land soldiers listed separately. An exception is the listing for the Zeeland frigate Delft, at the Four Days Battle. At that battle, the Delft carried 167 men. There were 102 sailors, 20 marines, and 45 land soldiers.

At the time of the Four Days Battle, the Delft was a fairly new ship, having been built in 1664. Here dimensions were: 116 x 28-1/2 x 11-1/2 (Amsterdam feet). She carried 36 guns: 2-brass 12pdr, 14-12pdr, 4-brass 6pdr, 8-6pdr, 6-4pdr and 2 smaller.

She was commanded by captain Dirk Jobsz. Kiela for the battle.

This information is all from H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666.

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