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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Dingeman Cats' ships in the First Anglo-Dutch War

I had thought that Dingeman Cats had commanded only one ship from 1652 to 1653, but he apparently commanded at least two. Up to the Three Days Battle (Portland), he seems to have commanded a ship hired by the Admiralty of Zeeland, the Dolfijn (24 guns). By May 1653, he commanded a ship named Liefde (23 guns and a crew of 93 men in May 1653). The Liefde may have been the Gecroonde Liefde mentioned as number 21 in Vreugdenhil's list. This is frequently listed as being a Zeeland Directors' ship. Sources:
  1. Carl Stapel, unpublished manuscript "Lijst van Nederlandse schepen in maart 1653", 2006
  2. Carl Stapel, unpublished manuscript "Lijst van schepen van 31 mei 1653", 2006
  3. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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