Friday, October 27, 2006

Two Rotterdam ships named Gelderland

I have had a reader ask me about the ship Gelderland that was built to replace the ship lost in 1629. I had not realized that the larger ship was probably the ship built as the replacement, as early as 1632. These are the details from Ron van Maanen's document "Mazenieuii", about the ships built for Rotterdam:
Gelderland, built in 1628 and lost in 1629

26 guns  crew 85 men

160-180 lasts

Guns: 2-18pdr, 2-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 4-6pdr, 2-4pdr,
   and 2-steenstukken with four chambers (there were two chambers
   per gun, as these were old-style breechloaders)

Gelderland, built somewhere between 1632 and 1634
 last mentioned in 1659

Dimensions in Maas feet:           118ft x 28ft x 12-1/2ft
Est. dimensions in Amsterdam feet: 128-1/2ft x 30-1/2ft x 13-1/2ft

40 Guns on 16 November 1652:  18-18pdr, 12-12pdr, 8-6pdr, and 2-4pdr

Crew: varied from 85 to 140 sailors

  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Oorlogsschepen" van de admiraliteit van de Maze in de zeventiende en achttiende eeuw, undated (MAZENIEUII)

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