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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ships lying in the Texel, ready for sea in March 1653

I date the list from the archives published on pages 308 to 210 of The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, as being from mid-March 1653. The list has details of ships of the Admiralty of Amsterdam lost in the Three Days Battle (Portland), but lacks information about the results of the Battle of Livorno, which happened just after that. Given the notes about captain changes, perhaps the list could be more precisely dated, but I suspect that the original was updated over time, not just on a specific date. For example, the list of ships lying ready in the Texel mentions Willem van der Zaan as captain of the Aemilia, but says that Jan ter Stegen is now captain. For the Omlandia, the list has the rather ambiguous "Jacob Troucquois alias Schaeff". Carl Stapel says that Boetius Schaeff commanded the Omlandia in September 1652, so I have a bit of trouble deciphering this. I had assumed that Jacob Troucquois had commanded the ship through 1652 and then Maarten Schaeff had taken over in March, as Maarten Schaeff was captain in August 1653, when the Omlandia was lost in the Battle of Scheveningen. Witte de With's journals are now help, as he mostly does not mention ship names, and usually omits the captains' first names. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910
  2. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.V, 1928
  3. Carl Stapel, personal communication "some new information which might interest you", 2006
  4. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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