Nominal Guns66DWAS-1600
NationalityDutch Republic
OperatorAdmiralty of the Noorderkwartier
How acquiredPurpose builtDWAS-1600
CategorySecond RateDWAS-1600
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDWAS-1600
Length of Gundeck160' 0"Amsterdam Feet45.296 (148′ 7″ Imperial)
Breadth40' 0"Amsterdam Feet11.324 (37′ 1″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold14' 5 ½"Amsterdam Feet3.9763 (13′ 0″ Imperial)
Height Between Decks7' 8 ¼"Amsterdam Feet1.9881 (6′ 6″ Imperial)


1673Broadside Weight = 528 Dutch pound (574.992 lbs 260.8848 kg)DWAS-1600
Gun Deck6 Dutch 36-Pounder
Gun Deck20 Dutch 18-Pounder
Gun Deck28 Dutch 12-Pounder
Gun Deck24 Dutch 6-Pounder

1683Broadside Weight = 552 Dutch pound (601.128 lbs 272.7432 kg)DWAS-1600
Gun Deck6 Dutch 36-Pounder
Gun Deck26 Dutch 18-Pounder
Gun Deck24 Dutch 12-Pounder
Gun Deck20 Dutch 6-Pounder
Gun Deck4 Dutch 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1666350300 sailors, 50 soldiersDWAS-1600
1673324 DWAS-1600

2 Commanding Officers

1666KapiteinAdriaan Dirckszoon Houttuijn (d.1666)DWAS-16001673KapiteinJan HeckDWAS-1600

1 Flag Officer

1666 - 1667Lieutenant-admiraalJan Corneliszoon Meppel (1609-1669)DWAS-1600

Service History

1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle
1667Refitted as a 78 gun Second Rate Ship of the Line DWAS-1600
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
bef.1683Refitted as a 80 gun Second Rate Ship of the Line DWAS-1600


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Greg Harrington on Sunday 29th of September 2019 19:46

Of course armament changes over time, and I did note the differences in 1673 and 1683. However, I did not expect (not my area of expertise) such a large change: 66 to 78. But I now see the change listed under "Service History", and amazingly enough, large portions of "Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail" can be viewed on Google Books, including the relevant page for Westfriesland (p.265). Thanks again for the information!

Posted by Cy on Saturday 28th of September 2019 08:05

The nominal guns is correct for the time of building. Armament changes over time, so both are correct, as is the 1683 count, which is different again.
The cross reference to Solebay shows the nominal gun count at the time of the battle, note the 1667 refit.
I will not be making any amendments.

Posted by Greg Harrington on Friday 27th of September 2019 23:41

Very useful website. I wonder if the "nominal guns" value should be higher. It is currently 66. The cross reference from the Battle of Solebay (show_battle id=50) lists the ship as 78-guns, which matches your 1673 armament listing. Feel free to delete this comment after you confirm the number one way or the other. Thanks for the information.

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