Zwarte Bul
Wapen van Edam
Nominal Guns38W014
NationalityDutch Republic
OperatorAdmiralty of Amsterdam
First Commissioned1644
Home Port W014
How acquiredPurpose builtW014
ShipyardAmsterdam W014
CategoryFourth RateW014
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Black Bull' (1665) (36)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW014
Length of Gundeck124' 0"Amsterdam Feet35.1044 (115′ 1″ Imperial)
Breadth28' 0"Amsterdam Feet7.9268 (26′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold11' 0"Amsterdam Feet3.1141 (10′ 2″ Imperial)
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentM02
Length of Gundeck124' 0"Amsterdam Feet35.1044 (115′ 1″ Imperial)
Breadth29' 0"Amsterdam Feet8.2099 (26′ 11″ Imperial)
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel103' 0"Imperial Feet31.3944 
Breadth30' 0"Imperial Feet9.144 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Draught Aft14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen480Tons BM 


4.1665Broadside Weight = 162 Dutch pound (176.418 lbs 80.0442 kg)M02
Gun Deck18 Dutch 12-Pounder
Gun Deck16 Dutch 6-Pounder
Gun Deck4 Dutch 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.7.165480 DWAS-1600
1664135 DWAS-1600
4.1665150130 Sailors, 20 SoldiersM02

4 Commanding Officers

1641KapiteinJan de LapperDWAS-16001649KapiteinDavid Janszoon BondtDWAS-16001652 - 1653KapiteinBarent Barentszoon CramerDWAS-16001664 - 4.6.1665KapiteinJacob SwartDWAS-1600

Service History

1664Refitted as a 34 gun Fourth Rate Ship DWAS-1600
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft


W014 Anglo-Dutch Wars BLOGJames C BenderWeb Site
M02 The Dutch fleet before the battle at Lowestoft 1665 (Manuscript)Ron van MaanenBook
BWAS-1603 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
DWAS-1600 Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714James BenderBook

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