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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Beer

Ron van Maanen has conflicting information about the ship Beer, which he says is the ship captured by the English and used in their service as the Bear. The Bear was finally given to the ordnance office in 1665, according to Frank Fox, after being taken in 1653. The English put 44 guns on the Bear. Ron has some conflicting information about the Beer. On the one hand, he says that the origin was unknown. He also suggestst that the ship was in service on 10 December 1652 with Directors of Edam. The Beer was said to be three years old. the dimensions given are 133ft x 27ft x 13-1/2ft x 6-1/2ft. the guns carried were 2-18pdr, 10-12pdr, 12-8pdr, 6-4pdr, and 2-3pdr. He also lists the Directors of Edam in May 1653 and the Directors of Medemblik in June 1653. He gives the armament as somewhere between 32 and 36 guns and the crew as 110 men. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992

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