Thursday, October 05, 2006

The two Noorderkwartier Directors' ships with the fleet in September 1653

There were two Noorderkwartier Directors' ships with Witte de With's fleet in September 1652. Witte de With's journal lists them:
Adm    Ship            guns  crew  Captain
Me-Dir Koning Radbout  28     98   Jan Rootjes
Ho-Dir Sampson         30     95   Jacob Pietersz Houck

I suspect that the Sampson listed in Ron van Maanen's list with dimensions of 132ft x 27ft x 13.5ft, with a height between decks of 6-1/4ft is this ship. He seems to have confused the Sampson (24 guns) commanded by Willem Ham in 1652 with Jacob Pietersz Houck's ship. Ron says that there was a ship mentioned in 1653 with these dimensions, so it must be Capt. Houck's ship. 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 Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992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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