Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Zeeland ship Dolfijn

Ron van Maanen, in his undated document "Zeeland", has some information about the Zeeland ship Dolfijn, which in 1652 and into early 1653, was commanded by Dingeman Cats. The Dolfijn had been part of a squadron of 10 ships sent to Brazil and which returned in June 1652. The Dolfijn was apparently retained in service and served for the rest of 1652 and into early 1653, before being paid off. Dingeman Cats commanded the ship with the fleet in 1652 for the voyage to the Shetlands ("Hitland") in July to August 1652, and later operations. The armament was 26 guns and the crew was 85 men. The list of guns carried included: 14-8pdr, 8-4pdr, 2-3pdr, and 2 of unspecified size, but perhaps 2pdr. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Zeeland", undated

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