Monday, March 19, 2007

Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet

I have a copy of Hendrick de Raedt's list from his pamphlet, a list of Tromp's fleet dating from early August 1652, and the only mystery ship remaining is the name of Abraham van Hulst's 26 gun ship. The ship seems to have been a purpose-built warship, not a hired ship. I have seen a list dating from before this date, and the 26 gun ship is not a mistake. After returning from the disastrous voyage to the Shetland, when the fleet was severely damaged by a severe storm, Abraham van der Hulst was given command of a larger ship, the 40-gun Groningen. But what ship did he command in July 1652? The answer is that I don't know and haven't been able to make a good guess. I now know the name of every other ship on the list, including those which are only referenced by the captain's name, with no guns or crew listed.

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