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Pieter Jans Lioren was son of the noted Elder Jan Willems, born at Hoorn and a member of the Frisian Mennonite congregation; he was made magistrate at Hoorn in 1597, a member of the admiralty in 1612, and mayor 1614-1616. In the coup d'etat of Prince Maurice against Oldenbarnevelt in 1618 he was thrown out of the senate. In 1595 he designed a new model for a sailboat on the proportions of Noah's Ark—the "Hoornsche gaings" or "fleutschepen" (120 ft. long, 20 ft. wide, 12 ft. deep). In a short time quite a number of these boats were in use. Half a century later the boats in the fleet were modeled on different proportions.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1867): 65-70.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967:II, 660.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Date Published 1957

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Vos, Karel. "Lioren, Pieter Jans (16th/17th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 30 May 2016.,_Pieter_Jans_(16th/17th_century)&oldid=105878.

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Vos, Karel. (1957). Lioren, Pieter Jans (16th/17th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from,_Pieter_Jans_(16th/17th_century)&oldid=105878.

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