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Sunday, December 17, 2006

A ship named Amsterdam mentioned by Ron van Maanen

Ron van Maanen lists two ships named Amsterdam that were built for the Admiralty of Amsterdam. One was built in 1652 and had dimensions 120ft x 29ft x 11ft and a height between decks of 6-3/4ft. The armament in 1651 was 18-12pdr, 10-6pdr, and 2-4pdr. Ron says that he armament on 16 November 1652 was reduced to 10-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 8-6pdr, and a 4-3pdr. The crew varied between 100 and 120 men. In November 1653, the ship carried 18-12pdr, 10-6pdr, and 2-4pdr. I suspect that Ron confuses multiple ships, as he did not pay attention very closely to captains. Ron mentions as second ship of the same name and characteristics that he says was wrecked. I have a hard time telling what ship either one was supposed to be, since there is no indication about who commanded either ship, if there were in fact two ships. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992

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