Monday, July 30, 2007

The definitive word on the Amsterdam Directors' ships lost off the Shetlands in early August 1652

Carl Stapel had told me about a letter that Gerrit Munt wrote, complaining about Tromp's leadership of the fleet, after the storm in the Shetlands in early August 1652. In that letter, he told of seeing some large Amsterdam Directors' ships capsize in the storm, if I understand correctly. In any case, in this one document telling the status of the original 24 Amsterdam Directors' ships, the four ships lost are mentioned:
Adm    Ship               Guns Crew Captain
A-Dir  Neptunis           36   125  Gerrit van Lummen (or Limmen)
A-Dir  Princes Roijael    28   110  Marten de Graeff
A-Dir  Sint Salvador      34   120  Mathijs Corneliszoon
A-Dir  Alexander          28   100  Jan Meijckes

The status document does not have the gun and crew figures. I supplied those from Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet.

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