Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Vlissingen Directors' ship Witte Lam

At the beginning of the war, the Vlissingen Directors' ship Witte Lam carried 32 guns and had a crew of 110 men. The Witte Lam's captain was Jan Thyssen. The Witte Lam, by late 1652, had become Michiel De Ruyter's flagship and had been upgunned to 40 guns and had a crew of about 145 men. From Ron van Maanen's list, "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", we know that the dimensions of the Witte Lam: 129ft x 28ft x 12-1/2ft. Another reference Ron found gave the length as 130 ft. The height "over hold" was 6-1/2ft. I have always taken that to mean the height above the main deck to the upper deck. Sources:
  1. Pieter Casteleyn, Hollandsche Mercurius, 1652
  2. Ron van Maanen, Dutch Warships 1600-1800, undated, but circa 1992
  3. Hendrik de Raedt, Lyste van de schepen van Oorloge onder het beleyt Admirael Marten Harpersz. Tromp, 1652
  4. Francis Vere, Salt in Their Blood - The Lives of the famous Dutch Admirals, 1955

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