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Sunday, November 13, 2005

The fishery protection vessels on 22 July 1652

One thing that I learned from this research is that Captain Munnekes, whose ship, the Wapen van Holland (30 guns) was captured on 22 July 1652 is probably the captain who fought in the Battle of Dungeness. His name was something like Herman Munnekes (or Munnich). If we take a ship-centric perspective on the list of ships performing fishery protection duties on 22 July 1652, we see the following:
Rijnhart Venhuizen, admiral Paulus                24 guns   Rotterdam
vice-admiral (Dongen?)      Waterhond             24 guns   Rotterdam
                            Kalmar Sleutel        22 guns   Rotterdam
Jan Noblet                  Land van Beloften     24 guns   Noorderkwartier
Captain Munnekes            Wapen van Holland     30 guns   Noorderkwartier                
                            Sampson van Enkhuizen 28 guns   Noorderkwartier
Jan Heck                    Adam en Eva           24 guns   Noorderkwartier
Willem Ham                  Sampson van Hoorn     24 guns   Noorderkwartier
                            Jan Baptista          22 guns   
                            Arke Noachs           24 guns   Amsterdam
                            Zwaan                 28 guns   Amsterdam
Dirk Bogaert                Juffrouw Katharina    22 guns   Amsterdam
Hendrik Kroeger             Marcus Curtius        24 guns   Amsterdam
One troubling aspect of this is that Vreugdenhil does not list a Jan Baptista, or anything similar, although other sources definitely do show the ship. There is some reason to believe that there might have been as many as 15 fishery protection vessels.

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