Saturday, September 11, 2004

Two smaller Noorderkwartier ships

The Noorderkwartier was also building ships to a smaller charter having a 116ft length. Two of them were the Enkhuizen, built in 1645, and the Wapen van Alkmaar, built in 1640. They had identical dimensions: 116ft x 26-1/2ft x 10ft. Unlike the larger ships, these two had identical armaments: 2-brass 6pdr, 2-brass 4pdr, 4-iron 12pdr, 14-iron 8pdr, 4-iron 6pdr, and 2-iron 4pdr. The Enkhuizen was commanded by Dirk Gerritszoon Pomp, in 1654. The Wapen van Alkmaar was commanded by Arent Dirckszoon. I estimate that these two ships were 150 lasts. The larger 116ft ships, like the Gorcum (or Gorinchem) were 116ft x 27ft x 11ft, and I estimate that these were 170 lasts. I have radically changed my idea of what a valid factor was, so that I am using 200 as my factor, and then generously rounding. That way, if the Noorderkwartier ship Eenhoorn was 125ft x 29ft x 11.5ft, then the burden comes out to be 200 lasts, which is what it is supposed to be.

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