Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ron van Maanen seems to have misunderstood the Jozua

The Noorderkwartier ship Jozua (or Josua) is well-known to have been built in 1654. There is an oblique mention of the ship in the Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1654, prepared in July. The Jozua was built as Pieter Florissen's flagship and that was the ship on which he flew his flag at the Battle of the Sound, in 1658, when he was killed. The only thing useful that Ron van Maanen has is that the height between decks was 7-1/2ft. Otherwise, his information is misleading, as he gives the dates for the ship as 1665 to 1672. I believe that the Jozua was sunk at the Battle of Solebay, in 1672, so I would agree with that date. The 1665 is so wrong as to not be understandable.

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