Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Bastiaen Centen's ship the Haes
Bastiaen Centen commanded the Vlissingen Directors' ship, the Haes (26 guns), from the summer of 1652 until late 1653. After the Battle of Dungeness, he chased and captured the English ship Hercules (36 guns) whose crew had panicked and run the ship ashore. The ship was refloated, as the ship was relatively undamaged. The situation was obviously brought about by the poor state of English morale, following the battle, as the Haes was a rather small ship, not very heavily armed. The Haes had four bronze 18pdr guns, a couple of iron 12pdr guns, and the rest were split between iron 8pdr and 6pdr guns.