Sunday, January 28, 2007

If there was just one Sint Matheeus, that simplifies things while raising new questions

If there was only one Amsterdam Directors' ship named Sint Matheeus in service from March 1652 until June 1653, that simplies things, in some respects. That explains why we have not seen another ship mentioned with dimensions. It also explains why there were not simultaneous entries in lists for "Cornelis Naeuoogh" and "Cornelis Laurensz" in May 1653. It also explains why we did not see the ship of Cornelis Naeuoogh continuing in service after June 1653. There was just one ship, perhaps commanded by Cornelis Laurensz Naeuoogh (or whatever spelling is correct) and that ship was captured by the English as the Battle of the Gabbard. Somehow, yet to be explained to me is why Cornelis Naeuoogh did not end up as an English prisoner. Another question is which dimensions, the smaller of 140ft x 34ft x 15ft x 7-1/3ft or the larger of 144ft x 36ft x 15ft x 7ft is correct? I will see if my method of estimating Dutch dimensions from English dimensions gives us any guidance:
English Dimensions:

Length on the keel:         108ft
Beam outside the planking:   32ft
Depth of hold:               15ft

Estimated Dutch Dimensions:    

Length from stem to sternpost: 143.64ft
Beam inside of the planking:    36.16ft
Hold:                           16.96ft

I am not sure why the hold dimensions is far off, but my system indicates that the larger dimensions seem more plausible for the ship that was captured by the English.

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