Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Friesland ship Postpaert (Postpaard)

The ship Postpaert (Postpaard) was hired at Amsterdam by the Admiralty of Friesland on 24 September 1652. Isaac Codde commanded the Postpaert through the Battle of Scheveningen. The ship is not mentioned from shortly after the battle. The Postpaert haed 7 dead and 16 wounded in that battle. Carl Stapel has all the good information about the ship, which is mentioned in The First Dutch War, without mention of guns or crew. Thse are the details:
The ship Postpaert, kapitein Isaac Codde (or Kodde)

Dimensions: 118ft x 28ft x 13ft  Height between decks: 7ft

Guns (17 April 1653): (all iron) 10-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 10-6pdr, and 2-2pdr

Crew: 3 April 1653: 120 men
      1 May 1653:   106 men

  1. Carl Stapel, unpublished manuscript "Postpaard 1653", 2006
  2. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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