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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Another look at the Admiralty of the Maze in March 1653

As we have previously noted, we have a summary of the Dutch ships in service, except the Directors ships, in March 1653. I wanted to see if I could see any sign of the ship that Michael Robinson called the Prins te Paard. The original list from the Hollandsche Mercurius attributed 38 guns and a crew of 110 men to the ship. The captain was originally Corstiaen Corstiaenszoon. He took part in Tromp's voyage to the Shetlands in July and August 1652. Hendrik de Raedt's pamphlet gave an armament of 38 guns and a crew of 120 men. The guns must be correct, then, at least for 1652. After Corstiaen Corstiaenszoon was killed at the Battle of Portland (the Three Days' Battle), Jacob Cleijdijck became her captain. Jacob Cleijdijck's Rotterdam Director's ship the Meerman (30 guns) was sunk at Portland, so he was reassigned to the Prins te Paard. One issue is whether the Prins te Paard was hired by the Rotterdam Directors or the Admiralty of the Maze. Hendrik de Raedt's pamphlet says that the Prins te Paard was one of the 100 ships hired in 1652. If that is the case, then the Prins te Paard should appear in the list for March 1653 in Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.I. The summary is as follows, where I have attempted to supply the ship name and captain. The problem I see is that there is no place for the "Prins te Paard" as a 38 gun ship. The evidence suggest that it was, in fact, a Directors' ship:

Ship name             Commander                       guns     Sailors    Soldiers
Brederode             Lt-Admiral Tromp                54       200        50
                      Egbert Meeuwssen Kortenaer
Gelderland            Michiel Franszoon van den Bergh 40       110        30
Prinses Louise        Abel Roelants                   36       124        46
Dolphijn              Paulus van der kerckhoff        32        95        30
Gorcum                Willem Adriaanszoon Warmont     30     80-95     20-30
Rotterdam             Jan Aertszoon Verhaeff          30     80-95     20-30
Gelderland            Aert van Nes                    24        80        20
Utrecht               Leendert Haexwant               22        80        20
Overijssel            Dirk Vijch                      22        80        20
Haai, adviesjacht                                      6        15
fireship                                                        14        
fireship                                                        14

Hired ships

Ship name             Commander                       guns     Sailors    Soldiers

Roskam                Corstiean Eldertszoon           26        80        20
Gulden Beer           Jan de Haes                     26        80        20
Maria                 Quirijn van den Kerckhoff (dead)26        80        20

Hollandia             Ernestus de Bertrij             26    Paid off Nov 1652



Ship name             Commander                        guns     Sailors    Soldiers

Prinses Roijaal Marie Willem Joosten van Colster       36
Maagd van Dordrecht                                    26
Wapen van Rotterdam                                    26
Sint Paulus                                            24 (not listed by De Jonge)
Waterhond                                              24 (not listed by De Jonge)
Kalmar Sleutel                                         22 (not listed by De Jonge)


Ship name             Commander                        guns     Sailors    Soldiers

Gelderland            Dirk Juynbol                     30       131              
Nijmegen              Paulus van den Kerckhoff         26       
Wapen van Holland     Hendrik de Munnik                26       

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