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Tijdverdrijf

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Huis Tijdverdrijf
Nominal Guns52M04
NationalityDutch Republic
OperatorAdmiralty of Amsterdam
Launched1655M04
How acquiredPurpose builtM04
ShipyardUnknownM04
CategoryThird RateM04
Ship TypeShip of the LineM04
Sailing RigShip RiggedM04
Wrecked15.11.1683M04

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentM04
Length of Gundeck136' 0"Amsterdam Feet38.5016 (126′ 3″ Imperial)
Breadth34' 5 ½"Amsterdam Feet9.6383 (31′ 7″ Imperial)
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDWAS-1600
Length of Gundeck136' 0"Amsterdam Feet38.5016 (126′ 3″ Imperial)
Breadth34' 0"Amsterdam Feet9.6254 (31′ 6″ Imperial)

Armament


31.3.1665Broadside Weight = 347 Dutch pound (377.883 lbs 171.4527 kg)M04
Gun Deck4 Dutch 24-Pounder
Gun Deck20 Dutch 18-Pounder
Gun Deck4 Dutch 12-Pounder
Gun Deck20 Dutch 8-Pounder
Gun Deck10 Dutch 3-Pounder

6.1666Broadside Weight = 310 Dutch pound (337.59 lbs 153.171 kg)DWAS-1600
Gun Deck22 Dutch 18-Pounder
Gun Deck22 Dutch 8-Pounder
Gun Deck16 Dutch 3-Pounder

1683Broadside Weight = 232 Dutch pound (252.648 lbs 114.6312 kg)DWAS-1600
Gun Deck22 Dutch 12-Pounder
Gun Deck22 Dutch 8-Pounder
Gun Deck8 Dutch 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1656200 DWAS-1600
31.3.1665265225 Sailors, 40 SoldiersM04
8.1665300249 sailors, 51 soldiersDWAS-1600
6.1673245235 sailors, 10 soldiersDWAS-1600

7 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
1656Kapitein
Michiel Adriaenszoon de RuyterDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1607-1676
DWAS-1600
1659Kapitein
Willem van der ZaanDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1621-1669
ref:569
1665 - 7.1665Schout-bij-nacht
Albert Claessen GraeffDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1615-1715
M04
8.1665 - 1666Kapitein
Hendrik VroomDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1616-1716
DWAS-1600
1666 - 7.1666Kapitein
Thomas FabriciusDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1616-1716
W011
1673Kapitein
Gilles ScheyDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1656-1703
DWAS-1600
1674Kapitein
Frans WillemDutch
Naval Sailor
DWAS-1600

Service History


DateEventSource
1665Refitted as a 58 gun Third Rate Ship of the LineDWAS-1600
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
6.1666Refitted as a 60 gun Third Rate Ship of the LineDWAS-1600
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle
1667Refitted as a 58 gun Third Rate Ship of the LineDWAS-1600
1674Refitted as a 52 gun Third Rate Ship of the LineDWAS-1600

 

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Posted by Aaron R. Shields on Sunday 18th of September 2022 23:26

The previous narrative is primarily from DeRuyter's own log.


Posted by Aaron R. Shields on Sunday 18th of September 2022 23:22

Addendum to service record. During the majority of 1655 the Tijdvertijd was the flagship of the Dutch Mediterranean fleet of 17 warships and a dozen "flyboats" (sloops of war) sent by the Staats Generaal to subdue Barbary corsairs/ pirates and attempt negotiations with the Deys(sultans) of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Sale'.

The Dutch fortress island of Arguin was reinforced (off Morocco) and numerous corsair ships were captured. The greatest prize was subdued from 25-26 September 1655 - De Gouden Dadelboom (The Golden Date Tree - but formerly "The Wheel of Fortune") one of the Algerian admiral's flagships (built in the European manner) and very well armed and manned - equivalent to any of the Dutch ships pursuing.

She was commanded by Suleiman Reis (Reis a rank equivalent to Captain) who was an renegade Irishman turned Muslim and now an Admiral of Algiers. DeRuyter in the Tijdvertijd chased De Gouden Dadelboom into the Moroccan port city of Asilah where she ran aground.

DeRuyter unwilling to risk his larger ships to grounding sent in the flyboats to attack the ship. A majority of the crew abandoned ship and over a dozen European slaves swam for their lives towards the Dutch - the flyboats picking them up. The flyboats attempted boarding but with heavy casualties (30 wounded and one killed) the ship being defended by at least 50 remaining fearless experienced and dedicated soldiers "Moors" unwilling to surrender.

Unwilling to mount a second boarding attmept and the ship already a wreck, DeRuyter's fleet practiced their gunnery on her until she was a burning hulk and capsized as the tide came in.

Suleiman Reis was assumed killed in the frey. DeRuyter recorded the names of the liberated Christian slaves and returned them to their own countrymen in Cadiz.

V/R

Aaron R. Shields
Lieutenant Colonel,
Field Artillery (FA-57)
US Army (Retired)

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