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French Ship Saint Louis
1626

This impressive French warship was built by the Dutch in 1626 and was one of five such ships bought by Cardinal Richelieu in an effort to modernise the French Navy. The Saint Louis displaced some 1200 tons and carried 60 guns.

Saint Louis laid down at Amsterdam in 1626, and completed by 10/1627. She was sold in 1649, and broken up in 1650.

French Ship Saint Louis 1626

This engraving was done by Henrik Hondius (1573–1650), who was a Dutch Golden Age engraver, cartographer and publisher. He was born in Duffel and settled in The Hague in 1597. His father was Guiliam Hondius, a learned man who moved to Mechelen, where the young Hondius learned to write. He studied first with a goldsmith in Brussels before learning to paint from Jan Wierix. Later, he learned mathematics and architecture from Hans Vredeman de Vries when he was in Leiden in 1604. He was probably related to the famous cartographer Jodocus Hondius who started a map making business in Amsterdam and whose sons were named Hendrik Hondius II and William (Guiliam).

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