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Saturday, October 28, 2006

The ships named Gelderland

Carl Stapel points out that the Gelderland wrecked in 1629 was the ship built in 1616, contrary to what Ron van Maanen says in his list. Carl says that this ship was 160 lasts. The ship built in 1634 is a 250 last ship, which is 128ft long. The Gelderland built in 1639 may well be a ship of 100 lasts (109ft x 25ft x 8-3/4ft), rather than 150 lasts (116ft x 27ft x 11ft). There are conflicting reports on this subject. I place a great deal of weight on the Admiralty of the Maze list from 26 February 1652, that gives the ships dimensions, in Maas feet, as 100ft x 23ft x 8ft, which I estimate to be 109ft x 25ft x 8-3/4ft in Amsterdam feet. Dr. Graefe's book, De Kapiteinsjaren van Maerten Harpertszoon Tromp, has a list from 1636, that mentions the 250 last Gelderland. In 1636, that Gelderland carried 34 guns and had a crew of 110 sailors and 20 soldiers. The captain was Willem van Coulster. Sources:
  1. Dr. F. Graefe, De Kapiteinsjaren van Maerten Harpertszoon Tromp, 1938
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992
  3. Carl Stapel, personal communication "Gelderland built in 1616", 2006

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