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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The situation in May 1652

A provisional resolution was passed by their high majesties authorizing the hiring of ships on 16 May 1652. A definite decision was made by 28 May. Those ships of the "extraordinary equipage" which were ready by 28 May were to be sent to Tromp's fleet. Of the 50 Directors' ships, only 25 were ready and of the 38 admiralty ships, on 8 were at the rendezvous. Of Tromp's ships on 20 May, there were 7 Amsterdam Director's ships. This is based on my translation of a passage in Dr. Elias's book, in Vol.II. Sources:
  1. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.II, 1923.

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