Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monnikendam Directors' ships at the Gabbard
It turns out that the identity of Jacob Claesz. Boot's ship is not so sure. There were two Monnikendam Directors' ships at the Battle of the Gabbard, and one of them, the Halve Maen, was taken by the English. That was the ship commanded by Hendrick Pieterszoon. The key reference material is the list of ships at Vlissingen on 2 July 1653, as it lists the fleet that had been at the Gabbard, and lists their fates. Sadly, there are very few ship names and fewer-yet captain names.