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History

The Cattenbau was a small yacht from the fleet of admiral Jol. 

During a violent storm on 11 september 1640 it stranded near Habanna. The crew was rescued and imprisoned in Habanna.

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Description

Type: yacht (Dutch brander)

The Cattenbau was designed as a so-called fireship filled with highly combustible material. In battle a fireship was intended to ram enemy ships and set them on fire.

Captain: Harman Harmansen 

Complement, 15 sailors and 5 soldiers

Tonnage: 25 tons ( 50 last)

Status

Possible wreck remains  in situ. 

References

ARCHIVO GENERAL DE INDIAS. AUDIENCIA DE SANTO DOMINGO. Legajo: 101. No.: 143B. Fecha: 11 de septiembre de 1640.

OWIC, 1.05.01.01, 55,35,134.
OWIC 1.05.01.01. 68, 1567, fol 123

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