Sunday, March 25, 2007

The fireship St. Maria

Have I written about this before? The Amsterdam fireship Sint Maria (or just Maria) was in service in the summer of 1652. I actually have the dimensions for the ship, which is rather nice:
A  Maria or Sint Maria  1652

Dimensions:  117ft x 24ft x 13ft x 6ft

1652  fireship  schipper Jan Claes. The ship was built in 1649.
      crew: 15 men

None of the published sources that I have seen list the crew size for Dutch fireships in the First Anglo-Dutch War. I see quite a few crew sizes, along with some armaments, for fireships. In some cases, we actually have dimensions, as well, as is the case for the Sint Maria.

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