Sunday, March 18, 2007
Tromp's crew size recommendations
In a letter dated 22 February 1653, Lt-Admiraal Tromp recommended crew sizes for the ships to be built in the wartime building program. For the 140ft ships, he recommended a crew of 150 sailors and 25 soldiers. The Amsterdam was a ship built to the 140ft length. The Amsterdam was in service by September 1653 and was commanded by Jan Gideonsz Verburgh. In September, the Amsterdam carried 50 guns and had a crew of 210 men, larger than the crew recommended by Tromp. By 11 June 1666, the Amsterdam had a planned crew of 250 sailors and 40 soldiers.