Thursday, February 24, 2005

I am waiting anxiously for a package from the Zeeuws Archief

Hopefully, I have a package coming from the Zeeuws Archief with copies relating the the Zeeland Directors' ships and captains from 1652-1653. I have known about them for about a year-and-a-half, and finally was able to order them. They were described to me as:
At the Zeeuws Archief you can find information about 'director's ships' in the accounts in the archives of the Rekenkamer van Zeeland (Zeeland auditor's office) (Zeeuws Archief, Arch. Rekenkamer II, inv.nrs. 1179a en 1179b). You can in these archives you can also consult the following accounts (both approved by the Generaliteitsrekenkamer): - the account of the directors of Vlissingen concerning the extraordinary outlay for the equipment of warships for the actions against England by the order of the States General. - the account of the directors of Veere concerning the extraordinary equipment of the warship 'Wapen van der Vere'.
Who knows what is there, but I have high hopes for it. I have also attempted to order the search in the Nationaal Archief for the "Staet van Oorlog te Water" for the year 1648. A careful reading of Dr. Elias' work Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeewezen indicates that it was in existence in the period 1916 to 1930 in what was then the Rijksarchief. There also appear to be other lists that I have not seen, primarily from 1652.

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