Monday, March 26, 2007

No. 65 in the list of ships at Vlissingen in early July 1653

A feature of a number of documents dating from the spring and summer of 1653 that they assign some ships to different Directors than we think had hired them. A prominent case in point is the Vergulde Halve Maan, usually called the Halve Maan. The Halve Maan was captured by the English at the Battle of the Gabbard and served in the English navy up past the Restoration as the Half Moon. I believe that Dr. Elias, in Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeewezen, in a note in Vol.V, says that the ship was hired by the Monnikendam Directors. In actuality, the Monnikendam Directors hired the ship Zwarte Beer.

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