Sunday, March 04, 2007

The small Zeeland frigate Visschers Harder

The small frigate Visschers Harder was built in 1664 by the Admiralty of Zeeland. The Visschers Harder continued in service until 1672, according to Ron van Maanen. Ron has the dimensions, which were 100ft x 26ft x 10ft, with a height between decks of 5ft. A similar, but some longer Zeeland frigate, the Schakerlo, carried 8-8pdr, 17-6pdr, 3-4pdr, and 2-3pdr in 1666. Ron van Maanen gives the Visschers Harder's armament as 26 guns and the crew as 105 men. The Visschers Harder took part in the capture of Suriname , under the command of Abraham Crijnssen, in 1667. The Visschers Harder's captain was Boudewijn Keuvelaar, during this period. Sources:
  1. H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992
  3. J. C. M. Warnsinck, Abraham Crijnssen de verovering van Suriname en zijn zeeslag op Virginië, 1936

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