Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The VOC ship Mercurius in 1653

Carl Stapel found a Van deVelde drawing showing the stern of the VOC ship Mercurius plus the dimensions. The Mercurius was commanded by Captain Pieter de Bitter in 1653. The ship was sunk at the Battle of Scheveningen. We probably should not post the drawing, as someone probably has the rights. The dimenisions are as follows:

Length   123ft
Beam      30ft
Hold      12ft

The ship carried 40 guns and the note says that the crew was 100 men, although Captain Warnsinck had said that the crew was 200 men. By my calculation, the Mercurius was a ship of about 200 lasts.

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