Friday, April 13, 2007

Another look at Rotterdam ships in May 1653

Lest us look at the list of ships of the Admiralty of Rotterdam that were with the Dutch fleet in May 1653, according to Witte de With's journal:
Adm Ship              Guns Crew Commander
R   Overijssel        22    98  commandeur Haexwant
R   Utrecht           24    98  kapitein Dirck Vijgh
R   Rotterdam         32   120  luitenant-commandeur Pieter Verhaven
R   Gorcum            30   116  kapitein Willem Arensz Warmont
R   Dolphijn          32   116  kapitein Paulus van den Kerckhoff
R   Gelderland        24    99  kapitein Aert Jansz van Nes
R   Brederode         56   268  the ship of lt-admiraal Tromp

A noteworthy feature is that the Overijssel, Utrecht, and Gelderland were all built to the same dimenions, as small frigates. Not all sources acknowledge that, but the relatively well-known list from 26 February 1652 of Rotterdam ships makes that clear. Sources:
  1. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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