Saturday, September 17, 2005

Dutch Captain: Gerbrant Boes

Gerbrant Boes served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. All we know of him is that he commanded the Ter Goes in 1665, and fought in the Battle of Lowestoft. The Ter Goes carried 46 guns and had a crew of 185 men. The Ter Goes was a small ship of her rate, as her dimensions were only 125ft x 29ft x 11.5ft. She had been built in 1641. Most other ships built at the time which carried 40 guns were 128ft x 31.5ft x 12ft. The Zon, built in 1640, is an example of that charter. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.
  2. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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