Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Amsterdam Directors' ship Walvisch

Carl Stapel identified a document that gave the dimensions and armament of the Amsterdam Directors' ship Walvisch. The Walvisch was commanded by Abraham Verleth and fought in the Battle of Scheveningen. In Vol.V of Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Dr. Elias gives some information about the ship: Walvisch (30 guns and a crew of 110 men). After seeing the information that Carl found, I equate the Walvisch with an unnamed ship that appeared in a list of four new ships, simply referred to as "the first", "the second", "the third", and "the fourth". That document shows the ship as carrying 28 guns:
the ship Walvisch, kapitein Abraham Verleth
Length from stem to sternpost:  128ft
Beam:                            29ft
Hold:                            12-1/2ft
Height between decks:             7ft
28 guns:
 8- 8pdr
 8- 6pdr
 2- 3pdr

Crew: 110 men

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