Monday, October 23, 2006

The Purmerland

The Hoorn Directors hired the ship Purmerland in 1653. The Purmerland took part in Witte de With's voyage to Norway to bring back merchant ships that had been trapped there by the threat of English cruisers and privateers. Andries Sybrantszoon commanded the ship. Ron van Maanen lists the dimensions of the Purmerland as 127ft x 29ft. He says that she carried between 30 and 34 guns and had a crew of 95 to 150 men. The one place that Ron van Maanen gives guns and crew don't make sense to me, as he wrote that Andries Sybrantsz's ship carried 18 guns and had a crew of 75 men. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992
  2. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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