Thursday, January 25, 2007

Two ships name Zeeridder

Ron van Maanen has information about two Zeeland ships named Zeeridder. The first was the frigate built in 1640 at Veere by Jan Keijser. This Zeeridder, also called Meerminne, was last mentioned in 1655. This ship had dimensions of 116ft x 27ft x 11ft, carried 26 guns, and had a crew of about 70 men. Her first captain in 1640 was named Bastiaen Thijssen. The second ship was built in 1653 and had dimensions of 116ft x 28ft x 11-1/2ft, with a height between decks of 6-1/2ft. The second ship carrried between 28 and 36 guns, at diferent dates and had a crew that varied between 75 and 186 men. The small ship must have been very crowded with 186 men! The second Zeeridder was last mentioned in 1667. Sources:

  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "ZEELAND", undated

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