Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Friesland jacht Waterhond

We know that there was a 16-gun jacht in the service of the Admiralty of Friesland in 1653. The ship is listed in the list of ships in service in March 1653 an appendix to Vol.I of J. C. De Jonge's book Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen. This ship is the jacht Waterhond, and Ron van Maanen has the details in his list "Dutch Warships 1600-1800". Carl Stepel has found that the Waterhond was hired in Amsterdam on 22 September 1652 "from nobody less then David de Wildt secretary of the Admirality of Amsterdam for a rent of Hfl. 1.250, per month". The captain's name is mentioned in The First Dutch War, Vol.V: These are the details:
The jacht Waterhond, Capt. Oosteroon

Length from stem to sternpost:  100ft
Beam:                            24ft
Hold:                            11ft
Height over hold:                 5-1/2ft
16 guns

Crew: 60 men

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