Sunday, August 20, 2006

Abraham van der Hulst's ship in 1652

I may have already said this, but my current estimate is that Abraham van der Hulst probably commanded the ship Achilles, built in 1644, in 1652. This ship is number 2 in Vreugdenhil's list. After I found out that Dirck Schey commanded the ship that was number 1 in Vreugdenhil's list, I was looking at possibilities for a regular warship that was not otherwise seen, and this ship is really the only possibility of ships that we know about. The only thing we know about the Achilles of 1644 is that the length of the ship was 120ft. According to the lists we have, Abraham van der Hulst's ship carried 26 guns in June to August 1652 and had a crew of 100 men. Sources:
  1. Pieter Casteleyn, Hollandsche Mercurius, 1652
  2. Hendrik de Raedt, Lyste van de schepen van Oorloge onder het beleyt Admirael Marten Harpersz. Tromp, 1652
  3. A. Vreugdenhil, Ships of the United Netherlands 1648-1702, 1938

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