Saturday, April 18, 2009
Perhaps 15 years ago, before I had very much knowledge and information about Dutch warships in 1652-1653, I could only imagine what the ships were liked. From The First Dutch War, I knew that Michiel De Ruyter's flagship Neptunus in 1652 was said to be armed with 28 guns. I imagined that if there were so few guns, that the ship might carry larger guns on the lower tier. I got that idea from a book about sailing warships from the late 16th to the 18th Century that showed an armament for a Dutch ship from about 1600. The ship had perhaps 18 guns, but there were mostly larger guns, perhaps 18pdr. I had thought that the Neptunus might be armed like that: 18pdr on the lower tier and 6pdr and 8pdr on the upper tier and quarterdeck. In fact, the Neptunus was quite small and lightly armed. You have to wonder how De Ruyter survived the Battle of Plymouth in such a modest ship.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
If you wanted to make Dutch wargame pieces for the First Anglo-Dutch War, you would have the field pretty well covered if you had standard pieces of 116ft, 120ft, 125ft, 128ft, and 130ft. There were a very few larger ships. You would need lengths such as 132ft, 134ft, 136ft, 141 or 142ft, and 144 or 145ft long ships. The large East Indiamen were much longer than that. The smallest might be 155ft or 160ft and many were 170ft. The idea that the largest were 182ft or so is controversial.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
The idea that Noorderkwartier ships that served in 1652 were the same ones that had served since at least the 1630's is appealing. If it is true, then we know a great deal about some ships that would otherwise be a mystery. We have Dr.Graefe's book, we have De Sleutels van de Sondt, and we have what we know about the Dutch navy in 1652. The dates are from my analysis of those from Ron van Maanen. This list could be enhanced more, but this was what I could quickly do.
Ship Lasts Date Guns Crew 1637 1645 1652 Eenhoorn 200 1625 32 110 Jan Keert de Koe Allert Tamessen Eendracht 300 1622 31 110 Jan Bleecker Eendracht 300 1639 41 140 Jacob de Boer Hollandsche Tuin 250 1632 32 90 Lambert Halffhoorn Hoop 150 1622 26 SbN Halffhoorn Koninck David 250 1632 34 100 Claes Ham Medemblick 170 1640 26 80 Gabriel Anthonisz Gabriel Anthonisz Sampson 240 1625 28 92 kapt Schellinckhout Willem Ham Wapen van Alkmaar 150 1638 24 80 Jan Cappelman Wapen van Holland 200 1639 28 90 Herman Munnekes Wapen van Hoorn 150 1636 24 87 Claes Tesselaar Wapen van Monnikendam 150 1640 26 80 Arent Dircksz Arent Dircksz Wapen van Nassau 250 1631 38 100 Hilbrant Quast