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Monday, November 20, 2006

My current Dutch ship list format

I am experimenting with a format modeled after Carl Stapel's format that he uses in Dutch. One difference, other than that mine is in English rather than Dutch, is that I have a single document, not one document per ship. I spoke to Frank Fox, and asked him about how he adds information about references used. He uses end notes, and generally does not put the superscript numbers in the text. I am using a rather bad system that works for me. I don't want to deal with the Microsoft Word end note system. Instead, I am using a system that derives from the Artificial Intelligence community and has been used in their publications, at least in the past. This is an incomplete example of the format:
A Duivenvoorde  1655

Dimensions: 140ft x 32ft x 13-1/2ft

11/06/1666   lower tier: 8-18pdr, 12-12pdr  upper tier: 18-8pdr  quarterdeck: 8-3pdr

1655    Built, perhaps at Amsterdam
11/06/1666 46 guns  kapitein Jonkheer Otto van Treslong in the Four Days' Battle
                    crew: 179 sailors and 28 soldiers
                    On 11 June, the Duivenvoorde was set afire by English incendiary
                    shot, burned and exploded. 36 men survived. kapitein Treslong
                    and about 170 other men died.

[Weber], [van Maanen], [Distant Storm]

Published Sources:

[Weber]  H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984

[Distant Storm] Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666,  1996

Unpublished Sources:

[van Maanen] Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992

[7 Oct 1674] Carl Stapel, unpublished manuscript "Eskader onder C. Tromp op 7 oktober 1674 in de baai van Roses te Cadiz", 2006

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