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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Joost Bulter's ship was not named Kameel

I had guessed this, in the last few weeks, but now we know that Joost Bulter's ship was named variously "Stad en Ommelanden" (a variation of Stad en Lande) or "Stad Groningen". Ron van Maanen says that the ship was 120ft x 28-1/2ft, with 28 guns and a crew of 110 men. This makes more sense to me than a mysterious ship named "Kameel" with 42 guns. The ship was sunk by gunfire in the Battle of the Gabbard, and Joost Bulter died. The list of ships at Vlissingen in July 1653 says that this was a ship of the Admiralty of Friesland, and not a Directors' ship. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992
  2. Carl Stapel, unpublished manuscript "Lijst van Nederlandse schepen in maart 1653", 2006
  3. Staten Generaal 1.01.04 Inv. Nr. 5556, "List of ships at Vlissingen on 2 July 1653", 1653

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