Monday, October 02, 2006

The ship Groote Alexander from 1639

Ron van Maanen has as many details for the ship Groote Alexander, which was hired in 1639, as he has for ships that served in the First Anglo-Dutch War. He speculates that this ship might have been the Spanish El Gran Alejandro taken in 1639 (at the Battle of the Downs?). Ron says that in 1639, the ship was five years old. These are the details:
The ship Groote Alexander

Length from stem to sternpost: 135ft
Beam:                           29ft
Hold:                           11ft
Height between decks:            5ft

34 guns:
5-18pdr, 3-12pdr, 10-8pdr, 10-6pdr, 6-4pdr

  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated but circa 1992

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