Thursday, April 26, 2007

The 125ft 40-gun ships

There were a number of 125ft long 40-gun ships in service during 1652 to 1653, while most of the 40-gun ships were 128ft long and of 250 lasts (the last figure is the Dutch gross tonnage measure, before they switched to using tons). One example is the Amsterdam ship Goes, with dimensions of 125ft x 29ft x 11-1/2ft x 7ft. I estimate that this size ship would be measured at 200 lasts, the same nominal size as the Noorderkwartier ship Eenhoorn, built in 1625, but only carrying 28 guns. The Eenhoorn was 125ft x 29ft x 11-1/2ft, as well. The Eenhoorn was often said to be the oldest Dutch warship in service in the war.

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