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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Cornelis Taenman's ship Prins Maurits

One of our recent finds was the dimensions and gun list for Cornelis Taenman's ship Prins Maurits (32 guns). The ship was just 116ft long, but was wide, perhaps with a 30ft beam. I don't have the image immediately to hand, but I believe that the gun list included some 24pdr guns. The Prins Maurits was in the rear guard after the Battle of Scheveningen (Ter Heide) and was sunk off the Maas Mouth. The water was shallow, so the mast heads were above water when the ship was resting on the bottom. The gun expert, Nico Brinck (from Terschelling) was involved with raising some guns. They didn't realize the identity of the ship, but it was obvious to me which ship it was, from the report of the ship's loss.

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