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Sunday, June 10, 2007

The crew of the Sint Pieter, Gerrit Schuijt's ship in November 1653

Gerrit Schuijt's inventory for the Amsterdam Directors' ship Sint Pieter, dating from early November 1653, gives the breakdown of the crew:
Officers and seamen:  68 men
Ship's soldiers:      29 men
Land soldiers:         5 men
Boys:                  6 boys

Total:               108 men and boys

I was surprised at the large numbers of "ship's soldiers" (Marines). I had expected that they all would be land soldiers.

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