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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Admiralty of the Maze ships in April 1653

Witte de With's journal for April 1653 lists ships operating under his command. The list of ships belonging to he Admiralty of the Maze (or Rotterdam) is interesting. I am confused by the last entry, and am not certain of the ship name:
Adm   Ship            Guns  Crew  Commander
R     Utrecht         22     98   kapitein Leendert Haexwant
R     Overijssel      24     98   kapitein Dirck Vijgh
R     a ship          23     94   luitenant-commandeur Pieter Jacobsz

I was thinking that the last was Pieter Verhaven, but Carl Stapel says that his name was Pieter Jansz Verhaven. He was Jan Aertsz Verhaeff's son. Jan Aertsz Verhaeff commanded the 30-gun ship Rotterdam. A 23-gun ship would be more likely to be the Gelderland, commanded by kapitein Aert Jansz van Nes. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2006
  2. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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