Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Jaarveld, wrecked in January 1653

The ship Jaarsveld was taken to the Mediterranean Sea by Joris van Cats, as his flagship. After he was removed the Jaarsveld became the flagship of Johan van Galen. The Jaarsveld fought in the Battle of Monte Christo on 27 August 1652 and continued in service until the ship ran onto an uncharted rock off Livorno. Ron van Maanen has the dimensions of the ship:
The ship Jaarsveld
built for the Admiralty of Amsterdam in 1651

Length from stem to sternpost:  130ft
Beam:                            32ft
Hold:                            13ft
Height over hold:                 7ft

44 guns

Crew: 150 men

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