Hi all! I'm now in the planning stage for my next build. I'm really interested in the history of king Karl IX, or Duke Karl as he was called before reaching the throne. (Karl was the father of Gustav II Adolf.)
He had his own fleet used for his trading and later on in the war against King Sigismund.
The ships I'm interested in is a small one named Gripen; another slightly bigger one is named Svarte Ryttaren.
When going through the lists of ships from this time, there is little to find but building place and when the ship was destroyed (if even that) and from what I can tell they hadn't established a class system for the ships.
Im now wondering:
1. How different the ships made in the 1590:ies would be in construction and appearence from ships like Vasa, Batavia or Kalmare Nyckel.
2. If a ship was smaller like Gripen (400) would that say anything about how she was rigged?
I know there will be lots of guesses/freedom when designing this model, but it would be really great if I could get it plausable.
Thanks mate! Well, nothing for these specific ships. Little sems to be known except real basic numbers. I am tryig to find other ships from the same period. I will also see this as an oportunity to let my imagination go free.
There is a relatively smaal book of ab Hoving on the ships of willem barentz. These are relatively small ships, like the Half Moon. Not the correct type of ship, fits the period quite well. Together with cor emke he did a reconstruction of an early dutch warship of the period (geunioneerde provintien), a warship of around 1600. There is no english publication on that one, i guess. There is a dutch one, in a series of booklets, maritieme historie, i think it is called. Will check on it.