Tuesday, April 29, 2008
As with my past work, which can be seen at Kentishknock.com, these pictures are "after" the drawings of Willem van de Velde de Oude.
I believe that the ship to the left, firing at Blake's flagship was the Campen (40 guns). The Campen was a new ship that had been built earlier in 1652. Joris van der Zaan was the captain of the Campen from September 1652 to the first day of the Three Days Battle (the Battle of Portland) when he was killed. At this date, the Campen still had 4-24pdr guns, a lower tier of 12pdr guns, with the rest being 6pdrs.
NEW DIRECTIONS IN LATE STUART HISTORY
Roger Morrice and his World: a workshop
The Breakfast Room, Merton College, Oxford. Saturday 14 June 2008, 10.30am - 5pm.
The recent publication of Roger Morrice's Entring Book was an important milestone in the study of late-seventeenth century Britain. This one-day workshop is designed to assess the impact of the Entring Book on the study of the period, and to sketch possible directions for future research into the period.
Speakers include: Alasdair Raffe (Durham), Sarah Cieglo (Yale), Stephen Taylor (Reading), and Jason McElligott (Oxford)
A registration fee of £10 will cover coffees, lunches and tea. Those who wish to stay overnight in Oxford can ask the organisers to book a room for them in Merton College. The cost of a room is £28 per night.
To book a place at the workshop, email either Jason McElligott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Goldie (email@example.com) before 7 June.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
One list of the Dutch fleet that I have is dated 1 August 1653. That is just nine days prior to the Battle of Scheveningen (the Zeeslag bij Ter Heide) on 10 August. The list has ship names, captains, guns, sailors, and soldiers listed. The list is slightly odd in that it was compiled right after some ship changes were made and does not totally reflect them. For example, Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge was flag captain for Johan Evertsen on the new Vlissingen (50 guns, 150 sailors, and 55 soldiers). The West Cappel and the Vlissingen are both listed with Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge. There are some striking features, such as a Middelburg Directors' ship named Bonaventura not being listed. The only new Middelburg Directors' ship was that of Cornelis Tiebij. The name and details are omitted from this list. The list does not actually say which city hired each of the Zeeland Directors' ships.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I have lists of ships from right before and right after the Battle of Scheveningen (the Zeeslag bij Ter Heide). One curious fact is that I do not see the collection of odd ships that I had thought were in the battle. I was printing the pages with lists last night, so I had a fresh copy with the reference on the pages. For example, while the Roosencrans (44 guns) is there, I did not see the Bonaventura, said to have been hired by the Middelburg Directors. The Bonaventura was the captured English hired merchantman Anthony Bonaventure, captured at the Battle of Dungeness.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I am amazed and disappointed that I still don't have a good list of the Dutch fleet for the Three Days Battle (the Battle of Portland). Even for the Battle of the Kentish Knock, I only have an approximate list. One exists, apparently, but I don't have it yet. Probably the best lists that I have are for the Battle of the Gabbard and the Battle of Dover. I have a pretty good list for the Battle of Scheveningen. I have a good list for the voyage to the Shetlands in July and August 1653. I have only partial information about the fishery protection squadron that was attacked on 22 July 1652. We can hope that the missing information exists somewhere and just has not been found yet, but some of it may just not exist any more.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Perhaps it is all a mistake, but there are several sources that say (perhaps not independenty) that Bartel Simonszoon commanded an Amsterdam Directors' ship that carried 30 guns and had a crew of 120 men. The easy answer is that he is a duplicate with misspelling of Barent Timonsz Soudaen, who commanded the ship Gulden Pelicaen in the Battle of the Gabbard (the Zeeslag bij Nieuwpoort). I have known about this for almost a year, but have been concerned about the "easy answer", because there is a list from 24 June 1653 that gives the crew, as well as the number of guns. Of course, the ship name is omitted. Witte de With's journal gives the guns and crew for "Bartimeus Soudaen's" ship as 30 guns and 120 men, so perhaps there really is a duplicate entry in the status report about the Zeeslag bij Nieuwpoort.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Perhaps two-thirds of the Dutch fleet lay off Vlissingen after the Battle of the Gabbard that was fought over 12 and 13 June 1653. We have several lists dating from about 23 June 1653 that list the ships. A few ships were at Goeree and about one third of the fleet lay in the Texel Roads. That was where Witte de With was after the battle. He was apparently the senior naval officer present at the Texel. I can only imagine what the fleet lying off Vlissingen looked like. I assume, from maps that I have seen, that they fleet lay no farther west than Vlissingen and were mostly anchored from there and farther from the open sea.
Monday, April 07, 2008
I was just looking at a document from July 1652 that confirms what I determined by analysis about Rotterdam ships in June 1652:
Five Convoyers Adm Ship guns captain R Gelderland 20 Aert van Nes R Gorcum 30 Jan Jansz van Nes R Schiedam 30 Dirck Juynbol R Dordrecht 26 Sier de Liefde R Rotterdam 30 Jan Aertsz Verhaeff Two for the Mediterranean Sea R Gelderland 40 Michiel Fransz van den Burgh R Brederode 54 Lt-Adm Maerten Harpertsz Tromp Four in the North Sea R Wapen van Rotterdam 26 Jacob van Boshuijsen R Prinses Roijael Marie 34 Joost Willemsz van Coulster R Prinses Louise 36 Vice-Admiraal Witte de With R Holland 30 Hendrick de Munnick Two in Brazil R Dolphijn 28 Marinus de Clercq R Nimwegen 26 Paulus van den Kerckhoff Eight ships of the 100 ships R Maria 26 Quirijn van den Kerckhoff R Gulden Beer 24 Jan de Haes R Sphera Mundi 26 Reijnout Venhuijsen R Hollandia 24 Hendrick Ernestus de Bartrij R Roscam 26 Corstiaen Eldertszoon R Calmer Sleutel 24 Dirck Vijgh R Overijssel 22 Cornelis Engelen Silvergieter R Utrecht 22 Leendert Haexwant
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
I have started doing genealogical research at Ancestry.com. I found out tonight that I seem to have a Dutch ancestor: Matilda Lemon, born in 1812. One 19th Century census says that Solomon Beardsley's mother was born in "Holland". Her name was Matilda Lemon and she was married to Elijah Hubble Beardsley. She died relatively young, in 1860.