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Sunday, November 12, 2006

I am pretty much convinced that what Ron van Maanen has for the ship Frisia is, in fact, Schelte Wiglema's ship

Schelte Wiglema commanded the Friesland ship Frisia from sometime in the summer of 1652 until the ship exploded in the Three Days Battle (AKA, the Battle of Portland) in early 1653. Ron van Maanen has the details of the Frisia, which despite the dates, must be post-lost documentation of the ship:
The ship Frisia, commanded by kapitein Wiglema

Length from stem to sternpost: 120ft
Beam:                           28ft
Hold:                           11ft (or 11-1/4ft)
Height between decks:            7ft

28 guns: 2-12pdr, 4-10pdr, 8-8pdr, 10-6pdr, and 4-5pdr

Crew: 110 men

On 17 September 1652, Witte de With's journal says:

Capn. Wiggelma crew: 108 guns: 29 supplies: 13 weeks

  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Zeeland", undated
  2. Witte de With, journals from 1652 to 1658, Archive E8812 from the Riksarkivet, Stockholm

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