Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ron van Maanen largely does not mention captains in his list

I consider the fact that Ron van Maanen largely does not mention captains in his list to be a major shortcoming, even though the list is amazing a really useful. For example, when he lists a ship named Hollandia, from a list in April 1653, which Hollandia is that? He gives the dimensions: 120ft x 29ft x 13ft, with 32 guns and a crew of 130 men. The height over hold is 6-1/2ft. We have to guess, then, which ship this was. The Wrangell collection list gives Albert de Graeff's ship dimensions of 130ft x 29ft x 13ft, which seems to be suspiciously similar, except for the length. The other candidate is the Hollandia (32 guns) commanded by Evert Anthonisz Marre ("Evert Anthonissen"). Since the Hollandia immediately before this was sunk in action in 1653, that is more likely to be Evert Anthonissen's ship. Ron gives it dimensions of 120ft x 29ft x 11ft, with a height over hold of 6-3/4ft. He lists 32 guns and a crew of 140 men. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated but circa 1992
  2. list of Amsterdam hired ships from the Wrangell Collection, Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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