Monday, September 18, 2006

I had wondered about the Rotterdam ship Vrede

I had known about the existence of a Rotterdam ship named Vrede that had served in the Second Anglo-Dutch War. I had speculated that the Vrede was a 130ft ship, as at the Battle of Lowestoft, the Vrede allegedly carried 40 guns. Ron van Maanen has dimensions and says that the Vrede was completed in 1653, so presumably could have appeared in the latter stages of the First Anglo-Dutch War. This is what I know:
The ship Vrede

Length from stem to sternpost:  111ft
Beam:                            27ft-3in
Hold:                            12ft
Height over hold:                 6ft-6in


June 1665, Battle of Lowestoft, commanded by Laurens van Heemskerck
August 1665, with De Ruyter's fleet, commanded by Eland du Bois
August 1666, St. James's Day Battle, commanded by Juriaan Juriaansz Poel
May 1667, took part in operations near England, commanded by Jan van Brakel
   Broke the chain at Chatham


  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2006
  2. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996
  3. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated but circa 1992

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