Wednesday, September 07, 2005
The list of ships at Vlissingen in July 1653
The list of ships at Vlissingen in July 1653 indicates that the Directie van Edam had one ship at the Battle of the Gabbard and it was captured. The Directie van Monnikendam had two ships at the Battle of the Gabbard. One was captured (actually, "taken", genomen)and the other survived. There is a note that the surviving ship was "een groot schip". There is a note that one of the four ships of the Admiralty of Friesland was sunk. Another is "Is overgegeven van Engelschen" or something similar to that. I would translate that literally as "has been delivered of the English". The ship belonging to the Directie van Harlingen was ready, but small (maer klein), and was in the Texel. The title of the list is deceiving, as while most ships were off Vlissingen, some were at Goeree and others (Witte de With's squadron) were in the Texel roads. The document that I am studying is four pages and is from the Nationaal Archief, from the Staten Generaal 1.01.04, inventory number 5556.