Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Witte Eenhoorn

Ron van Maanen seems to call the ship Hoorn, the Witte Eenhoorn. I had wondered why I could not find the Hoorn in his list, but this is why. He gives the dimensions as 120ft x 27ft x 11ft x 6-1/2ft. He says the ship was 150 lasts (similar in concept to the English burden or gross tonnage). Ron says that the Witte Eenhoorn was built in 1636, or perhaps was fitting out from 1636 until 1638. The Hoorn carried between 30 and 32 guns and had a crew that varied between 80 and 110 men. Presumably, this is the ship that was commanded by Pieter Aldertszoon during the First Anglo-Dutch War. I suspect that the ship Eenhoorn commanded by Pieter Aldertszoon on 12 June 1652 was the same ship as the Hoorn that he was later said to command. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992
  2. Carl Stapel, unpublished manuscript "De vloot van Maarten Harperts Tromp op 12 juni 1652", 2006

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