Monday, August 14, 2006

Do we actually know information about the Rotterdam Directors' ship Sint Pieter?

I could not account for a ship named Sint Pieter that appeared in documents from 1653, along with ships known to have been hired by the Amsterdam Directors. On a page that says something about ships in the Sound (Orisondt), there is a ship named Sint Pieter at the bottom of the page. The captain's name is blank, unlike the other ships. We do have the specifications for the ship:
Sint Pieter

Length from stem to sternpost:  123ft
Beam:                            28ft-7in
Hold:                            12-1/2ft
Height between decks:             6-1/2ft

28 guns:
The page was copied poorly, so we cannot read the crew size, which must be on the original, bound page. Given the heading on the page, perhaps the list could include a non-Amsterdam vessel. Otherwise, there is a mystery ship named Sint Pieter hired by the Amsterdam Directors (which is always a slight possibility).

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