Monday, January 29, 2007

The fluit Judith from 1658

The fluit Judith was one of the transports that carried troops and supplies to Copenhagen after the Battle of the Sound. Six fluits accompanied the Dutch fleet, and the troops and supplies helped save Copenhagen, which was besieged by the Swedes in 1658. In Dr. Simon Hart's papers, in a document from 15 September 1658, there is information about the Judith:
The fluit Judith

Dimensions: 128ft x 26-1/2ft x 12-1/2ft x 6ft

20 guns: 8-6pdr, 8-4pdr, and 4-2pdr

The document number is very light, but appears to be number 1187 from the PDF file 883-472, from Dr. Simon Hart's papers from the Gemeentearchief Amsterdam (the Municipal Archives of Amsterdam). Sadly, the PDF files are very large--too large for email.

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