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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Amsterdam ship Gouda (1656)

Ron van Mannen has some of the details of the Amsterdam ship Gouda, built in 1656. Ron says that the ship had a long service life, as the ship was finally sold at auction in 1685. The Gouda was a veteran of all the wars along the way. The Gouda (or Stad Gouda) had dimensions: 130ft x 32ft x 12ft. A subset of the 130ft Amsterdam ships were built to these dimensions. Many others had a 13-1/2ft depth, but there were some built with a 12ft hold, much as some of the Noorderkwartier ships, such as the Jupiter. Ron says that on 31 March 1665, the Gouda carried an armament consisting of 4-18pdr, 18-12pdr, 20-8pdr, and 6-3pdr guns. At varying points in the Gouda's service, the guns carried varied between 42 and 52 guns. The crew varied between 125 and 209 men. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "ZEELAND", undated

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