Sunday, May 20, 2007
I had assumed that the small ship commanded by Claes Cornelisz Hen was the Schel
Certainly by August 1653, Claes Cornelisz Hen (later called Claes Valehen) commanded a small, 24 gun ship with a crew of 110 men. I had assumed that this was the ship Schel, which he commanded on the voyage to Norway in September to November 1653. But, no, this was the small ship Harderin, instead. The Harderin was a 24-gun ship hired by the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier that had a very light armament. The largest guns were a half-dozen 8pdr guns. The rest were smaller, some much smaller (2 and 3pdr).