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De Steenbergen was one of the largest Amsterdam warships at the time.

In the battle of Palermo French fireship attack the Steenbergen which collided with two other Dutch ships, 50-gun Vrijheid and 36-gun Leiden, in a failed evasive manoeuvre. All three Dutch ships caught fire and exploded, though most of their crews escaped successfully. Rear Admiral Pieter van Middelandt was killed in the fight.


Type: ship-of-the-line
Built: Amsterdam, 1664
Owner: Admiralty Amsterdam
Dimensions: 150 x 38 x15
Complement: 110, 350 men in 1676
Master: rear admiral Pieter van Middelandt
Armament: 68


  • Battle of Palermo.
  • James Bender, 2014, Dutch warships in the age of sail. p. 244.

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