Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The ship Maaght van Enkhuijsen (Maagd van Enkhuizen)

Cornelis Tromp commanded the Amsterdam ship Maagd van Enkhuizen in the Mediterranean in 1652. The document that I am looking at calls the ship the Maaght van Enkhuijsen. The dimensions shown here differ from what appears in Vreugdenhil's list:
The ship named the Maaght van Enkhuijsen
  commanded by Captain Cornelis Tromp

Length:     125ft
Beam:        29ft
Hold:        12ft
Deck Height:  6-3/4ft

34 guns: 18-12pdr, 4-8pdr, and 12-6pdr
Crew: 110 sailors and soldiers
in service from July 1651

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1642

I had forgotten that I had a list titled "Staet van Oorloge te Water voor den Jaere 1642". The first ship listed is the "the frigate named Dordrecht", commanded by Captain Dierck Gerretsz Verberch. The Dordrecht was built in 1639 and was 130 lasts in size. The 130 lasts must be calculated with the dimensions in Maas feet (106ft x 25ft x 10ft) rather than in Amsterdam feet (116ft x 27ft x 11ft). I say that because the last factor for the Amsterdam feet is 265, which is too large. The factor for Maas feet is 203.85, which is very reasonable. The Dordrecht carried 2-bronze 12pdr, 2-bronze 4pdr, 10-iron 8pdr, 8-iron 6pdr, and 6-iron 4pdr guns.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Vreugdenhil's list and ships sold in 1649

Vreugdenhil's list, published in 1938, gives the names of a number of ships as having been sold or discarded in 1649. One of these was named Neptunus (or Neptunis). Since the ship used by Michael De Ruyter as his flagship in the summer of 1652 was the Neptunus, that suggests that some or all of the ships listed may have re-entered service. The Neptunus that was commanded by Jan Pouwelszoon in 1652 and Adriaen Jansz den Gloeyenden Oven in May and June 1653 was in service as one of the 36 cruisers funded in 1651. I now suspect that these 36 ships were probably ones that had been sold after the peace treaty in 1648 and were repurchased, rather than having been in reserve and simply reactivated.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The ship Gouden Leeuwinne on 23 June 1653

At first, I did not identify the Gouden Leeuwinne, on 23 June 1653, as the ship formerly commanded by Johannes Regermorter. The listing for the ship originally had Claes Jansz Sanger written as the captain. This had a line through it and above that was written the name Adriaen Vermeulen. The list of guns is unique, in that eight different size guns are listed: bronze 24pdr, iron 12pdr, bronze 18pdr, iron 18pdr, bronze 12pdr klokwijs (chambered), iron 8pdr, iron 6pdr, and iron 3pdr guns. There was 3,000 lbs of gunpowder remaining after the Battle of the Gabbard.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The eight Zeeland convoyers funded in 1648

At the peace treaty in 1648 that ended the war of independence with Spain (as well as the thirty years war), Zeeland was given funding to provide eight convoyers of the 40 convoyers that were required. One list dated 28 November 1652, lists the eight ships:
Adm  Ship            Guns Captain
Z    Zeeuwsche Leeuw   27 Cornelis Evertsen de Oude
Z    Westcappel        28 Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge (formerly Adriaen Banckert)
Z    Amsterdam         32 Adriaen Kempen
Z    Middelburg        26 Claes Jansz Sanger
Z    Sandenburgh       24 Pieter Gorcum
Z    Wapen van Zeeland 34 Joost Willemsz Block
Z    Hasewint          28 Jacob Verhelle
Z    Jaeger, jacht     14 Adriaen Jansz Gloeijenden Oven

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Information from Ron van Maanen

Ron van Maanen sent me some information from the Generaliteitsrekenkamer 1586-1799 nr.957 rekening 1652 admiralty Zeeland that he said that I could use on the blogs. This is the information about five ships, four of which served in De Ruyter's fleet in the Battle of Plymouth (Eendracht, Faeme, Liefdde, and Wapen van Sweden):

Captain Andries Fortuijn's ship, the Eendracht, was hired from Willem Bollare for a rate of 212 pond Vlaams 10 schellingen.

Captain Cornelis Loncke's ship, the Faeme, was hired from John Chevael and other owners for a monthly rate of 233 pond Vlaams, 6 schellingen, 8 grote Vlaams.

Captain Frans Mangelaer's ship, the Liefde, was hired from Jacob van Pantegem for four months for 766 pond Vlaams, 13 schellingen, 4 grote Vlaams.

Captain Dingeman Cats' ship Dolphijn was hired from Johan Gruterius, a merchant at Middelburg, for a monthly rate of 200 pond Vlaams.

Captain Jacob Sichels' ship, the Wapen van Sweden, was hired from Chrijstoffel Wouters for a monthly rate of 233 pond Vlaams, 6 schellingen 8 grote Vlaams.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Printing page images

One of the frustrating things is that the images that I have processed are quite readable, but with my favorite graphics program and my current Canon mult-function box, I can't get a print of comparable quality. For example, in the image of the page with information about Dutch captain Jan Sichelssen's ship Wapen van Sweden, I can see that the ship is just 95ft long, but I can't read that in the printed sheet. The Wapen van Sweden was part of Michiel de Ruyter's fleet at the Battle of Plymouth on 26 August 1652. By late in the year, the Wapen van Sweden had been discarded by the Admiralty of Zeeland.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The 2007 Weblog Awards

Kevin Alyward has opened nominations for the 2007 Weblog Awards.

The 2007 Weblog Awards

Kevin is proprietor and founder of the Wizbang! blog.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

VOC shps in the First Anglo-Dutch War, in 1652

In 1652, the Dutch East Indies company (the VOC) made four ships available for service with the fleet. Two were from the Amsterdam Chamber and two were from the Middelburg (Zeeland) Chamber. The Amsterdam ships were the Vogelstruis and the Vrede while the Zeeland ships were the Prins Willem and the Henriette Louise. The Amsterdam ships are thought to have been smaller, perhaps 155ft long, while the Zeeland ships may have been 170ft long. The Henriette Louise may have been smaller. The dimensions are in dispute, generally, as the Prins Willem has been thought to have been as long as 181ft, but I think that Ab Hoving, the ship model maker, disagrees with that figure.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Where was the 116ft ship Enkhuizen in 1652 and 1653?

Carl Stapel asked me if I knew what the 116ft ship Enkhuizen was doing from 1652 to 1653. The Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1654 lists the Enkhuizen with Dirk Gerritsz Pomp as captain. In the latter part of 1653, we think that he commanded a Noorderkwartier Directors' ship named Harderin, not the Enkhuizen. The 120ft Wapen van Enkhuizen had Gerrit Femssen as captain from 1652 to 1653. Ron van Maanen says that the Enkhuizen was also called the Maagd van Enkhuizen or Wapen van Enkhuizen and was lost in 1659, when the ship blew up in action. The problem is that all the sources are from 1654 and 1655. I don't know the answer.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Friesland ships

I continue to be interested in the way that Dutch ships were funded from 1648 and beyond. Nominally, there were 40 ships funded at the peace in 1648. By 1652, there are 36 ships listed on this one page that I have. For 1651, there are 37 ships listed, rather than the nominal 36 ships. Of these, for 1648, one was from the Admiralty of Friesland and two of the ships from 1651 were, as well. These ships must include the Breda, the Frisia, and the Westergo. I have not see which of these belongs to 1648 and which belong to 1651. I had long assumed that the Breda would have been funded in 1648, but that may not be correct.

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