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Map of Sint Michiel Bay

Map of Sint Michiel Bay
 
 

Title Leupe: Plan van de St. Michiels Bay.
As naval Captain Cornelis Schrijver had already argued in 1737-1738 (VEL609A-B), the site chosen for the new stronghold on the headland on the eastern side of Sint Michiel Bay was decidedly unfavourable: from there the batteries could not cover the beach located a little to the west, where a possible landing might take place, but themselves formed an easy target from the sea. Together with Esdré, Schrijver addressed these concerns in a report to the States-General from 22 May 1742. Consequently, in their resolution of 9 October 1743, the States-General decided on an alternative plan, probably from a design by Jacob Ribbius, according to which a star-shaped low battery with a square central tower should be erected on a spot a little more to the west. This design was drawn by Esdré and Schrijver shortly after on this map with soundings and inidcations of range of fire. Taken from: report of the engineers from 4 July 1744.
North is upper left.
Schale-bar of 80 Rhineland Rods = 170 ‘strepen’.

creator Schrijver, Cornelis

(assigned to land surveyor / mapmaker)

Esdré, Godfried Carel

(assigned to land surveyor / mapmaker)

period

1744

material paper
category drawing
technique coloured drawing
dimension

0.35 - 0.505 EI.

number

VEL613

owner Nationaal Archief
location(s) Sint Michielsbaai
fortification(s) St. Michiel, fort

Map/Chart/Plan   fortification  

Literature

  • Heijer, H. den, Grote Atlas van de West-Indische Compagnie = Comprehensive Atlas of the Dutch West India Company, II, de nieuwe WIC 1674-1791 = the new WIC 1674-1791 (Voorburg, 2012), 85