Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Amsterdam ship Edam is still something of a mystery

The Amsterdam ship Edam, also known as the Zwarte Bul, is still something of a mystery. The Wrangell Collection document gives the length as 124ft, while the traditional dimensions had a length of 120ft. Ron van Maanen has various sources quoted that give a variety of dimensions, as well as those of the Wrangell Collection document:
Wrangell Collection document:  124ft x 28ft x 11ft  6-1/2ft
"traditional dimensions":      120ft x 28ft x 11ft  6-1/4ft
5 April 1653:                  124ft x 28ft
7 July  1653:                  124ft x 28ft
7 July  1654:                  120ft x 28ft
31 March 1665:                 123ft x 30ft
14 April 1665:                 124ft x 29ft
There is also some variation in the armament:
Wrangell Collection document:  6-brass 12pdr, 14-8pdr, 4-brass 6pdr, 4-6pdr
16 November 1652:  6-12pdr, 12-8pdr, 12-6pdr
 4 April    1653:  6-12pdr, 14-8pdr,  8-6pdr
 7 July     1653:  6-12pdr, 14-8pdr, 10-6pdr
   April    1655:  6-12pdr, 14-8pdr,  8-6pdr, 2-6pdr (?) drakes
14 April    1665:  18-12pdr, 16-6pdr, 4-3pdr
  1. list of Admiralty of Amsterdam hired ships from 1652 from the Wrangell Collection, 1652
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992

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