Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Dutch prize Slothany (ex-Sloot Hooningen)

The English had captured the VOC ship Sloot Hooningen in 1665. She had fought at Bergen, when an English attack was repulsed. On the way back home, she was bagged, as part of the "Indian Prize". She was renamed Slothany, and fought at the Four Days Battle. She was in Sir Joseph Jordan's division at the St. James's Day Battle. In 1667, she was hulked. She was finally sold in 1686. She had been built at Rotterdam in 1654 and had Dutch dimensions of 160ft x 38ft x 18-1/2ft. Her English dimenions were LK 112ft B 36ft D 16ft-10in. She was built to the 160ft Retourschip charter. At the Four Days Battle, she carried 22-demi-cannon (32pdr), 2-culverins (18pdr), 24-12pdr, and 12-demi-culverins (9pdr). Her crew was 280 men. She was commanded by Thomas Rand for the Four Days Battle. Sources:
  1. H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984.
  2. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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