Monday, February 26, 2007

The Amsterdam ship Bommel had a better armament

Many of the ship in service for the Dutch during the first Anglo-Dutch War had a small number of 12pdr or larger guns and then more 8pdr with some 6pdr and smaller. The Amsterdam ship Bommel was the exception. The Bommel had a more modern armament, with a complete lower tier of 12pdr guns. The quarterdeck was armed with 4pdrs. This was a more uniform armament. Many other ships had mixed guns on the lower deck. Many of the Admiralties of Zeeland and the Noorderkwartier seemed to have been armed with whatever guns they could find, as they had perhaps six different shot sizes, ranging from 2pdr on up to a maximum of 24pdr guns.

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