Monday, August 28, 2006

More thoughts on the Rotterdam ship Schiedam

Carl Stapel pointed out that Dirck Juynbol was appointed to command the Rotterdam ship Schiedam in early 1652, when Marinus Juynbol was removed from command. From the 26 February 1652 document from the Admiralty of Rotterdam (as it calls itself there, rather than the Admiralty of the Maze), we know that the dimensions for the Schiedam in Maas feet of 308mm were 106ft x 25ft x 10ft. These approximately translate to the same dimensions as the Gorinchem in Amsterdam feet: 116ft x 27ft x 11ft. We know from such lists as Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet that Dirck Juynbol's ship carried 30 guns and had a crew of 131 men. This is all but identical to the armament and crew for Gorinchem (30 guns and a crew of 130 men). Why would Dirck Juynbol not have commanded the Schiedam through the rest of 1652 until the ship was lost at the Battle of Dungeness on 10 December 1652?

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