Monday, September 27, 2004
I wonder if the Overijssel's armament in 1666 is anything like she carried in 1652?
The Overijssel was a fairly new ship in 1652, having been completed in 1650. Her dimensions were 114ft x 28ft x 11ft. I would guess that she measured at about 170 lasts. In 1666, she carried 6-12pdr and 12-8pdr on the lower tier, 12-6pdr on the upper tier (presumably with an unarmed waist), and 4-2pdr "voor de hut". Her crew in 1666 was intended to be 120 sailors and 20 soldiers, although she only had 110 sailors at the Four Days Battle.In 1652-1653, the Overijssel carried 28 guns and had a crew of 100 men. The dimensions listed by Dr. Weber differ from those in Vreugdenhil's list, which were 112ft x 28ft x 11ft. I suspect that the guns listed in 1666 differ wildly from those carried in 1652, but it is hard to know. The only place where we might have seen what was carried, the "Staet van Orlogh te Water" for the year 1654 doesn't list an armament.