Friday, November 28, 2008
I happened to look at a page from a document that is dated 6 September 1652. The document has gun lists for some ships that seem like they reflect what was actually carried on that date and not what was planned or allowed. One such ship is the Enkhuizen Directors' ship Maecht van Enckhuijsen (presumably Maagd van Enkhuizen). The armament includes the 4-bronze klokwijs guns of unspecified shot weight, but presumably heavy, and 4-iron 18pdr guns. The armament listed is consideraly different from that listed in 1653 after the ship was lost in the Three Days Battle and includes a main battery of iron 9pdr guns, which are unique in a day when ships either had 12pdr of 8pdr guns in the main battery.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I have this printed page from 1652 that claims to be the list of Tromp's fleet from 30 June 1652. Except for one ship name (Alkmaar) there are only captains and flag officers mentioned. Given the names listed, the actual date would be earlier. Either that or ships that were already lost are included. For example, Adriaen de Zeeuw is listed as is Jan Warnaertsz Capelman. After finding all the men in my list of the fleet from 15 July 1652, I am still not able to make sense of the two names listed in the van: Jacob van Nove and Jan Elbertsz van Enckhuijsen. These are the names mentioned in the 15 July 1652 list that are not obviously in the 30 June 1652 list:
Hendrick Jansz de Munnick Rotterdam ship Holland, 30 guns Corstiaen Corstiaensz de Munnick Rotterdam Directors ship Prins, 38 guns Joris van der Zaan Amsterdam ship Groningen, 40 guns lt-cdr Nicolaes Marrevelt Amsterdam ship Zeelandia, 36 guns Jan ter Stege Amsterdam ship Keijser, 24 guns Barent Pietersz Dorrevelt Amsterdam ship Amsterdam, 34 guns Cornelis Hola Amsterdam ship Leiden, 28 guns Gillis Janszoon Zeeland ship Zeeridder, 28 guns Claes Jansz Sanger Zeeland ship Middelburg, 26 guns Cornelis Evertsen de Oude Zeeland ship Zeeuwsche Leeuw, 28 guns Adriaen Banckert Zeeland ship Westcappel, 28 guns Adriaen Kempen Zeeland ship Amsterdam, 30 guns Lambert Bartelszoon Zeeland ship Eendracht, 18 guns Johannes Michielszoon Zeeland ship Haes, 20 guns Jacob Wolphertszoon Zeeland ship Sint Joris, 23 guns Daniel Cornelisz Brackman Zeeland ship Abrahams Offerande, 24 guns Dingeman Cats Zeeland ship Dolphijn, 24 guns Reijnst Cornelisz Sevenhuijsen Noorderkwartier ship Roode Leeuw, 24 guns Thys Tijmensz Peereboom Noorderkwartier ship Peereboom, 24 guns Gerrit Munt Noorderkwartier ship Huis van Nassau, 28 gunsThere was also Witte de With's squadron, but they were omitted from the fleet list for 30 June.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I was looking at a page dating from July 1653, yesterday, that had the armament list for the hired ship Hoop. The gun list is distinctive, because the largest guns are 10pdr, an odd size for 1653. I had thought that the ship Hoop that had fought in the Battle of the Gabbard and the Battle of Scheveningen might have been a different ship from that which Joris Caullerij (sometimes spelled Colerij) commanded in 1652. The gun list, however, as almost identical. The only difference in that the Hoop, in 1653, carried two more 8pdr guns and two fewer 6pdr guns. I had seen a list of ships hired for service in March or April 1653 that had somewhat different dimensions for a ship named Hoop, but I have frequently seen these sort of variations.