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Friday, July 29, 2005

This is my translation of a passage from Vol.VI of Dr. Elias's work Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeewezen (p.121):
On Monday, the 10th [November, 1653], the storm reached its high point, under dense hail showes and hunt snow. Expecially the Directors’ ships, which were sparingly supplied with anchors and ropes generally, had trouble with what the hurricane had to offer. Many of the ships dragged their anchors and drifted landwards, and this included the majority of the Director’s ships. Against two States’ warships lost (the Gouda of Amsterdam, under captain Ooms, which lost half the crew, and the Prins Willem of the Noorderkwartier, under captain Boermans, with twelve men found dead) were six ships lost from the different Directors.

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