Saturday, September 23, 2006

Cornelis van Houten's ship Witte Lam

Cornelis van Houten commanded an Amsterdam Directors' ship named Witte Lam. That ship nominally carried 28 guns (12-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 6-6pdr, and 2-3pdr) but Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet and Witte de With's journal for September 1652 indicate that the Witte Lam carried 30 guns in August and September, and probably at the Battle of the Kentish Knock. The Witte Lam had dimensions: 127ft x 27-1/4ft x 12-1/2ft, with a height over hold of 6-1/2ft. I have not seen this ship mentioned after the Battle of the Kentish Knock, except in the list of 8 November 1652, where it is listed as having 28 guns and a crew of 96 men. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Directors' Ship Information 1652-1653", 2004
  2. Hendrik de Raedt, Lyste van de schepen van Oorloge onder het beleyt Admirael Marten Harpersz. Tromp, 1652
  3. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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