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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Carl Stapel suggests that the Nassouw van den Burgh and the Burgh are the same ship

I had not recognized this, but the Nassouw van den Burgh and the Burgh have the same dimensions. Another point is that a document dated 8 November 1652 gives the armament of the Nassouw as 4-brass 24pdr, 14-12pdr, 10-8pdr, 4-6pdr, and 2-3pdr. Ron van Maanen gives the armament of the Burgh as 4-24pdr, 14-12pdr, 10-8pdr, 4-6pdr, and 2-2pdr guns, in April 1653. They are virtually identical, except for the two smallest guns. I had thought that the Nassouw was in Witte de With's fleet in September 1653, but I was mistaken about that. Another point is that Lambert Pieterszoon commanded the Nassouw van den Burgh in 1652, and we do not hear anything about him after December 1652. Hendrick Adriaansz Glas apparently commanded the Burgh (presumably, the Nassouw van den Burgh) in all the major battles of 1653. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Directors Ship Information", 2004
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992
  3. Carl Stapel, personal communication "Burgh en Nassouw", 2006

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