Friday, March 16, 2007

I received an interesting page yesterday

This is just the first page of a multi-page document, but the first page is interesting. The page is dated 14 January 1653 and still mentions the proposal from 27 November 1653 to build six large ships of 150ft, 12 of 140ft, and 12 of 134ft. The Netherlands would have been much better served if they had implemented that proposal rather than what they actually built, which was just one 150ft ship, some 136ft ships, and many 130ft ships. Dr. Elias, in De Vlootbouw in Nederland tells the story, if you have access to the book and can read Dutch.

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