Thursday, October 14, 2004

Little-known Dutch warships in the First Anglo-Dutch War

I noticed that Dr. Elias lists Cornelis van Houtten as being at the Battle of the Kentish Knock. His ship was the Witte Lam. She carried 28 guns (12-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 6-6pdr, and 2-3pdr), a crew of 96 and had dimensions of 127ft x 27-1/4ft x 12-1/2ft.

In another case, three captains operated in the Baltic from November 1652. They were Adriaan van Loenen, Gerrit Schuyt, and Cornelis Janszoon Brouwer. The latter two are more obscure, as you would not have seen their names associated with a ship in the published literature.

Gerrit Schuyt commanded the Rozeboom. She was the ship, later commanded by Bartholomeus van Rietbeeck, which was captured by the English at the Battle of the Gabbard. She had a crew of 96 men and carried 28 guns (12-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 6-6pdr, and 2-3pdr) with dimensions 118ft x 27ft x 12-1/2ft.

Cornelis Janszoon Brouwer's ship was the Valck. The Valck has not appeared in the published literature (by name). She carried 28 guns (12-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 6-6pdr, and 2-3pdr), in 1652 had a crew of 95 men. Her dimensions were 132-1/2ft x 26-1/6ft x 12-3/4ft.

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