Saturday, July 08, 2006
The most likely ship for Abraham van der Hulst to have commanded in 1652
My assessment is that the ship most likely to have been commanded by Abraham van Hulst in 1652 was the 26-gun ship Sampson, hired by the Admiralty of Amsterdam. By March 1653, the ship was commanded by Hendrick Adriaanszoon. There is some possibility that the commanded the ship in August 1652, in which case, it would not be a plausible candidate. The main thing is that the list of ships in the service of the Admiralty of Amsterdam is very well-defined, and there is no room for "mystery ships".