Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ron van Maanen on the Zeeland ship Amsterdam

The Zeeland ship Amsterdam was lost in early November 1653 (Ron van Maanen says that the date was 11 November), in the terrible storm off the Texel, after the return voyage from Norway. I was curious to see what Ron van Maanen had about the ship:
The Zeeland ship Amsterdam
Guns: 2-20pdr, 6-12pdr, 2-10pdr, and 14-other guns
(not enough to show the complete list of 30 guns)
  The ship actually carried an additional 2-24pdr, a total of 17-12pdr guns,
   some 7pdr guns(!) and 2-6pdr guns

The Amsterdam was built with a length of 120ft, one of many ships of that size. The Amsterdam was commanded by Adriaen Kempen up to her loss, and he perished with the Amsterdam. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, "Dutch Warships 1648-1720", 2007
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "ZEELAND", undated

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