Roemer Vlacq Admiralty of Amsterdam Born: 1637 at Gouda Married: Died: 17-07-1703, died from wounds suffered in fight against Coetlogon 1683: captain 1671: commandeur 1671: he commanded the adviesjacht the Kits (6/12) in the coastguard 1672 June. He commanded the frigate Postiljon (78 sailors) in the Battle of Solebay and had two dead, 5 severely wounded, and 4 lightly wounded, while serving in Michiel De Ruyter's squadron. 1673 7 June. He fought on board the frigate Brak (built in 1666, 24 guns, and a crew of 83 sailors and 17 soldiers) in the first Schoonveld battle. 14 June. In the same ship, he fought in the second Schooneveld battle. 21 Aug In the Battle of the Texel (Kijkduin), he again commanded the frigate Brak. 1674 He commanded the transport ship Opperdoes (16 guns) under De Ruyter at Martinique. 1676 In March 1676, with Jacob Binckes, voyage to the West on board the Huis te Kruiningen (built in 1653, with 56 guns) 1677 3 March. Battle of Tobago. The Huis te Kruiningen was lost and Roemer Vlacq was severely wounded. He returned in October to the Nethelands. 1678 He convoyed merchant ships to Biscay. 1690 He was a convoyer in the Sound. 1691 idem 1692 He was ashore, due to insubordination. 1693 He was ashore. 1694 He was ashore. 1695 He was ashore. 1696 14 February. Willem III lifted his suspension and restored him to to the service of the Admirality of Amsterdam, and restored his dignity. 1697 He was a convoyer 1698 idem 1699 idem 1700 idem 1701 idem 1702 idemHe commanded the Muiderberg (built in 1693, with 50 guns and a crew of 210) in a convoy, with a squadron of 5 warships and 100 merchantships from Lisbon to the Netherlands on 22 May 1703. He met 5 large French warships under the command of Rear-Admiral Coetlogon. Vlacq distinguished himself in a fight against 2 French three deckers of 90 guns, and saved the merchantships. All the States' warships were lost, however. Vlacq was severely wounded and was taken, with the other prisoners, to Toulon. Roemer Vlacq died there on 17 July 1703 from his wounds. The remaining captains were repatriated in October to their native country.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Carl Stapel's piece on Roemer Vlacq
This is my translation of Mr. Carl Stapel's piece about Roemer Vlacq, the Dutch captain.