Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The ship Nieuwkasteel

One of the ships for which we knew the name, captain, and nothing else, was the ship Nieuwkasteel, commanded by Claes Aldertszoon. The Nieuwkasteel was in service in 1652, and then disappears from the published literature. The ship does not seem to have served with the fleet, as there is no mention of the captain's name in the lists that I have for 1652. Carl found that the ship was listed as the Nieuw Casteel, with 19 guns and a crew of 65 men. The captain was Claes Alderts. The ship was paid off, sometime in 1652. The guns and crew indicated to Carl that this was probably a jacht, which would make sense. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Captains", 2004
  2. Carl Stapel, personal communication, "lijst alle capiteins 1652 in het Noorderkwartier", 2006

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