Friday, August 27, 2004

The Amsterdam ship Frederick Hendrick (1636)

I am curious to know the dimensions for the Amsterdam ship Frederick Hendrick. There is a rather poorly drawn Willem van de Velde de Oude drawing that leaves a lot to the imagination. Part of the problem is the poor quality of the reproduction in the Van de Velde Paintings book.
What we know about the Frederick Hendrick is that it was built in 1636 and carried 32 guns. The only indication we have of size is the 250 last figure.
If the dimensions were 132ft x 32ft x 13-1/2ft, then the factor would be about 228, which is possible. The low end is probably about 132ft x 32ft x 13ft, where the factor would be 219.6. The largest factor that would be likely would be about 250, which would mean dimensions of 134ft x 34ft x 13-1/2ft. The actual factor would be 246.
We have put a bound on the possible dimensions (although only approximately):
  • smallest: 132ft x 32ft x 13ft
  • largest: 134ft x 34ft x 13-1/2ft

This assumes typical proportions. If the depth were greater or the beam greater, that would change things, of course.

Purists might object to doing these sorts of calculations, but I find them useful.

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