Monday, September 25, 2006

Ships at Vlissingen in July 1653

The beginning of the list of ships at Vlissingen in early July 1653 actually lists names of some Amsterdam ships that I would transcribe as follows:
Prins Willem
To parallel this list, we have page 119 from Witte de With's journals (archive E8812). This list has the following ships and captains:
Ship           Guns Crew  Captain            Length    Beam     Hold    Ht Betw Decks
Leeuwarden     34   148   Govert Reael       120ft     29-3/4ft 11-3/4ft 6-3/4ft
Fazant         32   110   Jan Jansz Lapper   120ft     29ft     12ft     6-3/4ft
Dolphijn       30   110   Gerbrant Schatter  120ft     28ft     10-1/2ft 6-1/4ft
Prins Willem   30   106   Jan Jansz Boermans 
Omlandia       30   109   Maarten Schaeff    120ft     27-1/2ft 12ft     6-3/4ft
Leiden         30   107   Hendrick Kroeger   117-1/2ft 28-1/4ft 11ft     6-3/4ft
By the way, this is in the same order in Witte de With's journal as in the list from July 1653. Note that the published dimensions for the Dolphijn are 116ft x 25ft x 12ft with 32 guns. These dimensions are from a source that Ron van Maanen found, dated 5 April 1653, when the ship carried 32 guns: 8-12pdr, 16-8pdr, and 8-6pdr. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992
  3. Staten Generaal 1.01.04 Inv. Nr. 5556, "List of ships at Vlissingen on 2 July 1653", 1653
  4. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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