Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Estimating the Dutch dimensions for the English fireship Fortune

The English used a captured Dutch ship, the Fortune, as a fireship at the Four Days Battle in 1666. Her English dimensions were: 94ft x 28ft x 12ft-6in. Using my system, we would estimate the Dutch dimensions:
  • Length: English 94ft x 1.33 = 125ft Dutch
  • Beam: English 28ft x 1.13 = 31-1/2ft Dutch
  • Depth (Dutch Hold): English 12ft-6in x 1.07 = 13-1/2ft Dutch

Those are the dimensions of a typical First Anglo-Dutch War hired ship such as those used by the Dutch as a 28 or 30 gun warship.

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