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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Some Friesland ship questions

I have seen a summary document that ascribes two convoyers of 1648 and two cruisers of 1651 to the Admiralty of Friesland in 1652. I had forgotten that the second "convoyer" was probably the jacht Graaf Willem (12 guns) built in 1644 (according to Vreugdenhil's list). I am not surprised that the two Frisian smacks, the Frisia (8 guns) and the Koning David (2 guns), are not included in the counts, as they were small vessels. One other remaining question is ship number 48 from Vreugdenhil's list: the Omlandia, said to be built in 1628 with dimensions 122ft x 26-1/2ft x 13ft, carrying 30 guns. I have not seen that ship obviously mentioned in any document that I have seen. The only possible candidate would be the mysterious ship commanded by Captain Belevelt, in Vice-Admiraal Witte de With's journal in September 1652. There is also the mention, by December 1652, of the ship Stad Groningen en Ommelanden with only 28 guns, with Joost Bulter as captain. By early 1653, the Stad Groningen en Ommelanden is mentioned with either 34 or 38 guns.


Nico Brinck said...

Hello Jim, there is another source that mentions the Omlandia.It's the book by dr M.G. de Boer: Tromp en de Armada van 1639.
page 67: Omlandia, 28 guns, 90 crew, captain Jan sept. 1639
page 187: this captain was on the ship from 1628 till his death in 1646.
He was from Groningen, the province that paid for the ship, but served the Admiralty of Amsterdam.
(ter repartitie van..)
best regards,
Nico Brinck

Jim said...

Nico, Thank you. Do you suppose that this was an older ship than the Omlandia that served in 1652 and into 1653, until sunk at Ter Heide? That ship had different dimensions than those reported by Vreugdenhil. Regards, Jim Bender

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