Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Rotterdam frigate Delft, built in 1659

Ron van Maanen has the details of the Rotterdam frigate Delft, built in 1659 and captured by the English at the Battle of Lowestoft, in 1665:
The frigate Delft, built in 1659

Length from stem to sternpost: 111ft-3in
Beam:                           27ft-3in
Hold:                           11ft-2in (or 13ft)
Height between decks:            6ft-6in

36 guns (16 March 1665):  8-12pdr, 22-8pdr, 2-6pdr, and 4-2pdr

Dr. Weber gives the dimensions as: 111ft-3in x 27ft-3in x 10ft-4in

Ron van Maanen says the dimensions are in Maas feet, although that seems improbable. The English length of 94ft does seem quite long for a Dutch length of 111ft-3in. My estimate of the English length on the keel is 84ft. The beam and hold are quite plausible, using my system for converting between the two measurement systems. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships and the Relationship Between English and Dutch Measure", 2003
  2. H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984
  3. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992

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