Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Dutch bomb galliot, the Geweld

The navies all built or purchased vessels suitable for carrying mortars, to fire "bombs". The Dutch were no exception. The bomb galliot Geweld was built by Hendrick Cardinaal at Amsterdam in 1695. The Geweld was broken up in a navy yard in September 1719. The Geweld had dimensions of 90ft x 24ft x 10-1/2ft and was armed with 8-4pdr guns and two mortars. The Geweld typically had a crew of between 23 and 26 men. 24 years was a long service life for a small vessel. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "ZEELAND", undated

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