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The Great Neptune was the flagship of a private fleet of traders who sailed to Cuba in 1605 under the leadership of Abraham Le Verne to trade and purchase skins. The fleet consisted of English French and Dutch ships.

On February 7, 1606 the fleet at Cabo Cruz, (Niquero district) entrance Bahia Guacanayabo was intercepted by the Spanish Barlovento armada. It comes to a fight and the Neptune explodes and sinks with its Spanish opponent.

The Great Neptune was the flagship of a private fleet of traders who sailed to Cuba in 1605 under the leadership of Abraham Le Verne to trade and purchase skins. The fleet consisted of English French and Dutch ships.

On February 7, 1606 the fleet at Cabo Cruz, (Niquero district) entrance Bahia Guacanayabo was intercepted by the Spanish Barlovento armada. It comes to a fight and the Neptune explodes and sinks together with its Spanish opponent.

Description

Type: armed merchantman

schipper: Marten Jaspersz van Rotterdam

Tonnage: 150 last (Dutch measurment = ca. 75 tons)

armament: 14 guns

Status

It is possible that there are remnants of the two protagonists of this fight nearby. The chance that there are remains of the Spanish and the Dutch ship in situ is high.

References

Gemeentearchief van Amsterdam
Archiefnummer: 5075 - Archief van de Notarissen ter Standplaats Amsterdam
Nummer Notaris: 8 – Jan Franssen Bruijningh
Inventarisnummer: 104
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