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Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Gulden Draak on 30 July 1653

Ron van Maanen has some information about the ship Gulden Draak, hired from the Amsterdam Chamber of the VOC. The date of the information is 30 July 1653. The Gulden Draak was a large retourschip with dimensions 170ft x 38ft x 17ft, with a height between decks of 7ft. He lists and armament of 4-18pdr, 6-12pdr, and 18-6pdr guns. Ron says that the armament was 32 guns total, so there must have been more than he listed. The crew was variously listed as 113 or 163 men. Perhaps this was one of the ships drafted to serve with the fleet at the Battle of Scheveningen on 10 August 1653. Sources:
  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992

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