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Floor plan of Fort Collenburg


Floor plan of Fort Collenburg

Schrijver, Cornelis

Title Leupe: Platte grond van het fort Collenburg, leggende aan het Binnewater de Fuyk.

This is one of the maps of Fort Collenburg which Captain Cornelis Schrijver made in 1737. Together with the accompanying report, these maps give an impression of the modest proportions and light armament of this fortification and also suggest ways to improve it. On this sketch, a ground plan is shown which includes a watchtower, stairs and nine cannons. The series and suggestions were to no avail and the improvements appear to have never been made. The only occasion on which the fort was actually attacked, on the 18th of June 1805 in the run-up to the British action against Fort Beekenburg led by Murray, the fort easily fell into enemy hands and was later destroyed by the British during their retreat to their ships. In passing, Schrijver states that during his inspection of Collenburg he had no foot-rule with him and so had just ‘paced out’ the measurements.

North is right.

Scale-bar of 60 feet = [approximately 1 : 115].

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Sources and 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 (2012)