Tuesday, August 02, 2005

An obscure piece of information: Pieter Emmekens

Mr. Carl Stapel asked me if I had heard of Pieter Emmekins and the ship het Vliegende Postpaert. It turns out that the captain and ship are listed in the Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1629. That document is handwritten, and the names are often hard to read. I had guessed it was Pieter Emmeheis, but Emmekens seems very plausible. I had not seen a 3.5pdr gun listed before this. Jan Glete says that steenstukken were swivels:
Ship    Postpaert (or Vliegende Postpaert)
Captain Pieter Emmekens
18 guns crew 70 sailors

Admiralty of the Maze
built in 1624
a vessel of 90 lasts.
Guns: 4-8pdr, 2-6pdr, 6-5pdr, 4-4pdr, 2-3.5pdr, and 4-steenstukken.

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