Wednesday, September 06, 2006

More about the Zeeland jacht Dordrecht from Ron van Maanen

Ron van Maanen says that the 17-gun jacht Dordrecht had been purchased in 1652, and had been named the Japonder. When purchased, the ship had 12 guns aboard. By 1653, the Japonder had been renamed Dordrecht, and was said to be 13 years old. The Staet van Oorlog te Water van 1654 gives the length as 85ft, but another document from 21 July 1653 (as seen by Ron van Maanen) gives the length as 100ft. At that point, the crew consisted of 70 sailors and 20 soldiers. On 29 March 1653, the armament was 4-12pdr, 7-6pdr, and 6-3pdr guns. We believe that this was the jacht commanded by Pieter Gorcum, during the First Anglo-Dutch War. Sources:
  1. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.II, 1900
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated but circa 1992
  3. Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1654, 1654

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