Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Het leven en bedryf van den heere Michiel de Ruyter. G. Brandt, Amsterdam, 1687
At the battle at Plymouth 28 february 1652 the Struis or Struisvogel was commanded by Douwe Aukes with 40 guns and 200 men, E.I.C.- chamber Amsterdam. In the fight she came in the middle of the British fleet and her scared crew wanted to surrender. Her captain threatened to his crew to blow her up. Her crew started to fight again, destroying two British ships (800 men drowned)and heavily damaging a third. An other version is that she was attacked by two British warships, doing nothing, let them come alongside, than giving the first a broadside which sank it, the second a broadside which caused it to flee. Suddenly she was entered by a third one with so many men that her crew wanted to surrender and Aukes threatened to blow the ship up. After a heavy fight the free themselves and join the Dutch fleet again.
28 february 1653 she was part of the fleet commanded by M.H. Tromp which fought against the British commanded by Blake. De Struisvogel was now commanded by Kornelis Adriaensz van Kruik from Schiedam which fought together with De Ruyter and Sweers against 7 or more British ships until the evening. After fighting with several ships she was hardly manned and lost her masts. When Tromp saw this he ordered commandeur Gideon de Wiltdt to tow her away to safety. Due to low winds he didn’t succeed. Her decks were shattered with blood, wounded and dead, and 80 dead men could be seen. From the 40 sailors from Schiedam, of which the youngest as 20 years old, only 3 remained. The British stopped plundering fearing she would sink. The next day she was found by the British drifting as a empty hull with no sails and hardly any crew left and was brought into Portsmouth. Brandt wrote about Kruik that he was a very brave man.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
A fluit ship laying at Medemblick 132ft long 27ft wide 12-1/2ft hold 6-1/4ft deck height with 32 guns: 8-12pdr 6-8pdr 12-6pdr 2-5pdr 2-3pdr 2-2pdrWas this ship hired and if so, under what name and organization did it serve?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Gemant me 100 hoofden wact van de Soldijen bedraeght ter maendt 1356 comt van uit Julij 1651 tot den 20 November Anno 1653 f37516:0:0In another document, the ship is listed as being one of the 36 ships funded in 1651, as this text seems to indicate, as well, given the July 1651 date of funding.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
20pdr bronze 3781 lbs 15pdr bronze 2750 lbs 10pdr iron 3162 lbs 5pdr iron 1530 lbs 5pdr bronze 1406 lbs