Monday, June 20, 2005

Dutch Captain: Barent Hendrickszoon Schaeff

We really know very little about Barent Hendrickszoon Schaeff. We know his middle name from the Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1628. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam, and he commanded ships in 1627 and 1628, although there are no details. We know that he served in Moy Lambert's fleet from 1618 to 1619, when he commanded the Vergulden Raven. That was a ship of 150 lasts. That could be a ship of about 112ft x 26.5ft x 11ft. From 1619 to 1620, he commanded the Zutphen, a larger ship of 200 lasts. That could have been about 124ft x 29ft x 12ft. My current estimation is based on a factor of 217, where you multiply length x beam x hold (in Amsterdam feet) and divide by 217 and round the result to the nearest 10 lasts.

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