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Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Kasteel van Medemblik of 1688

The large, by Dutch standards, three-decker, Kasteel van Medemblik, was apparently built by Willem Ariszoon (or was it Aertszoon) at Medemblik in 1688. The ship may have carried as many as 94 guns. The Kasteel van Medemblik was in service until 1713, according to Ron van Maanen. The dimensions were 170ft x 43ft x 16ft. It seems odd that he would command a Noorderkwartier ship, but I have some information that seems to indicate that in June 1692, Gerard Callenburgh used the Kasteel van Medemblik as his flagship. The ship carried 86 guns at the time. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2006
  2. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated, but circa 1992

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