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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Dutch Captain: Hendrik Hondius

Hendrik Hondius served as Cornelis Tromp's flag captain on the Hollandia at the Four Days' Battle in June 1666. He reported after the battle that the Hollandia had been struck by an English incendiary bullet. Frank Fox suspects that such a device caused the loss of the Duivenvoorde and the Hof van Zeeland. After the Hollandia collided with the Liefde, the Hollandia lost her bowsprit and head, she was towed to Goeree while Cornelis Tromp shifted his flag to the Prins van Oranje (or Jonge Prins). Andrew says that he was also at the St. James's Day Battle. The Hollandia's dimensions were: 165ft x 41-3/4ft x 15-1/4ft. At the Four Days' Battle, her crew consisted of 400 sailors and 50 soldiers. Her casualties were 14 killed and 23 wounded. Her armament at the Four Days' Battle was 10-brass 24pdr, 18-iron 18pdr, 28-brass 12pdr, and 24-brass 6pdr. The 18 and 24pdr guns were on the lower tier. The 12pdr were all on the upper tier. The third tier was incomplete, but consisted of 20-6pdr. There were 4-6pdr in the cabin. Sources:
  1. H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984.

  2. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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