Sunday, January 14, 2007

Some speculation about hte Stad Medemblick

Pieter Schellinger commanded the Noorderkwartier ship Stad Medemblick. This was one of the 36 ships of 1651, a cruiser that was activated when war with England seemed likely. As the Stad Medemblick seems to have been built as a warship, the likelihood is that the ship was built to the one of the existing charters. The Stad Medemblick started the war with 26 guns and by June 1653 carried 32 guns. The 120ft charter ships had dimensions of 120ft x 27ft x 11ft with a height between decks of 6-1/2ft. The 116ft charter had dimensions of 116ft x 26-1/2ft x 10ft with a height between decks of 6-1/4ft. If the Stad Medemblick carried 32 guns in 1653, then the 120ft length would seem to be correct. We know some armaments for similar ships:
Medemblick              28 guns: 10-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 6-4pdr, and 2-3pdr
Casteel van Medemblick  28 guns: 10-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 2-6pdr, 6-4pdr, and 2-3pdr

Hoorn                   32 guns: 6-12pdr, 20-8pdr, 2-6pdr, and 2-4pdr
Enkhuizen               28 guns: 4-12pdr, 14-8pdr, 6-6pdr, and 4-4pdr
Wapen van Monnikendam   28 guns: 4-12pdr, 14-8pdr, 6-6pdr, and 4-4pdr

There were apparently two different arming schemes for Noorderkwartier ships. One was more like the Amsterdam Directors' scheme, with 10-12pdr and 8-8pdr guns, with some smaller. The other schweme had either 4 or 6 12pdr with many more 8pdr guns. 14-8pdr was apparently a typical number. Sources:
  1. Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1654, 1654

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