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Saturday, December 23, 2006

So what do we know about the old ship Overijssel?

Ron van Maanen breaks what I believe are all references to the same ship named Overijssel into three entries. He says that the length of the ship was 120ft. There are some other references to the Overijssel in the published literature:
Dr. M. G. De Boer, Tromp en de Armada van 1639 (1941)
   page 68    The ship Overijssel: 24 guns and a crew of 100 men
              in Witte de With's squadron in September 1639. 
              The captain was Jacques Forant.

Dr. Johan E. Elias, De Vlootbouw in Nederland 1596-1655 (1933)
   Page 84 and Note 6  At least two ships were sold, namely the
              Overijssel and Nassau, both of the Admiralty of Amsterdam.
              Resolutions of the States General on 11 April and 23 May 1652.
   Page 79 Note 5 says that the Nassau was sold on its return from Brazil
              The Nassau (36 guns) was from 1636 and had dimensions 132ft x 32ft.

W. J. Hoboken, Witte de With in Brazilie 1648-1649 (1955)
   page 309   The ship Overijssel, 28 guns, commanded by 
              Dirk Crijnen Verveen, and Steven Cuyper on the
              return voyage. This says that the Overijssel was
              sold on return for f 2000.

A. Vreugdenhil, Lists of Men of War 1650-1700, Part IV Ships
              of the United Netherlands 1648-1702 (1938)
   Page 5, ship number 50 Overijssel, sold in 1652.

All this seems to indicate to me that Abraham van der Hulst's ship was not the Overissel, as the ship was sold too early in 1652.

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