Saturday, September 09, 2006

There is some priceless information in the papers and journals of Witte de With

I just received the papers and journals of Witte de With from the Riksarkivet in Stockholm. The page images are huge (circa 10MB), but that makes them more readable. One of the things that make the documents so valuable are that there are lists of captains and the number of guns and crew of their ship. There are two other figures which I have yet to figure out. For example, for the ship of Jan Arensz van der Werff, the David en Goliad, carried 32 guns and had a crew of 124 men. I had been doubtful that we would ever know that sort of information. Hendrick Pieterszoon's ship, the Edam Directors' ship Halve Maan, carried 30 guns and had a crew of 107 men. The lists do not contain the name of the ship, but from other sources, we can supply the name.

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