Friday, December 22, 2006

The large and small ships named Sint Matheeus

There were two ships hired by the Amsterdam Directors named Sint Matheeus. The smaller one, had been hired in early 1652, and was originally commanded by Cornelis Naeuoogh. This Sint Matheeus carried 34 guns and had a crew of about 125 men. This ship's dimensions were 140ft x 34ft x 15ft, with a height between decks of 7-1/3ft. The ship carried 4-brass 24pdr, 14-12pdr, 10-8pdr, 4-6pdr, and 2-3pdr guns. The larger ship must have been hired in 1653. The larger ship was commanded by Cornelis Laurenszoon and had dimensions of 144ft x 36ft. The larger ship was taken by the English at the Battle of the Gabbard. Witte de With said that the larger ship carried 42 guns and had a crew of 155 men, in his journal. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Directors' Ship Information 1652-1653", 2004
  2. H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984
  3. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "ZEELAND", undated
  4. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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