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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Dutch Captain: Allart (or Albert) Matthijszoon (Updated)

Allart (or Albert) Matthijszoon (or Mathijszoon) served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was in the fleet equipped and sent to Denmark in 1659 under the command of Michiel De Ruyter. He commanded the Kampen (Campen) (40 guns and a crew of 190 men). From 1661 to 1663, he served under De Ruyter in the Mediterranean Sea. He commanded the frigate Edam (32 guns). He also fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he commanded the Hilversum (58 guns and a crew of 258 men). He was assigned to Egbert Meeuwssen Kortenaer's squadron. At the end of the battle, the Hilversum was attacked by the fireship Bramble, and was then captured by the 4th Rate Bristol. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. G. L. Grove, Journalen van de Admiralen Van Wassenaer-Obdam (1658/59) en De Ruyter (1659/60), 1907.

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