Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A document from 1652 that lists information for the Sphera Mundi

I have this photo of a document from 1652 that has an entry for the Rotterdam ship Sphera Mundi. This is apparently the ship commanded by Reynout Venhuijsen (apparently a shortened version of Sevenhuijsen) on 22 July 1652, with the fishery protection squadron. By the fall, Marinus de Clercq was appointed as captain of the Sphera Mundi. The document says that the crew consisted of 80 sailors and 20 soldiers. The ship carried 26 guns: 2-12pdr of the "landt", 6-8pdr, 8-6pdr, 6-4pdr, 4-3pdr, and 2-2pdr guns. Carl Stapel had told me about Reynout Venhuijsen (or Veenhuijsen). The document was one photographed for me by Eric Ruijssenaars, at the Dutch Archives Research Bureau.

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