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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Goes or Ter Goes of 1652

Ron van Maanen has the dimensions for the small Zeeland ship Goes (or Ter Goes) that apparently had a very long life, for a Dutch ship in the 17th Century. The ship was mentioned as late as 1688. The Goes was rather small, having dimensions of 112ft x 28ft x 11ft, with a height between decks of 6-1/2ft. Ron says that the ship was also called the Goesland. The Goes took part in the Battle of Plymouth, with Michiel De Ruyter's fleet, in a action against an English fleet commanded by Sir George Ayscue. The purpose of Sir George Ayscue's fleet was to protect English shipping in the Channel and attack the Dutch. De Ruyter's fleet was engaged in convoying Dutch merchant ships to and from the Channel. De Ruyter's fleet was merged with the main fleet in September 1652 and took part in in the Battle of the Kentish Knock, minus some ships that were too damaged to stay at sea. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "ZEELAND", undated

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