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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Dutch Captain: Abraham Ferdinand van Zijll

Abraham Ferdinand van Zijll lived from about 1640 until 3 August 1697. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was appointed as a lieutenant in 1665 and served on the Vergulde Zon (44 guns) and fought in the Battle of Lowestoft. In 1666, he fought in the Four Days' Battle on the Muiltromp (46 guns). He distinguished himself in the St. James's Day Battle in August 1666 in the defense against fireships. He was appointed as a captain in 1667. He commanded the Leeuwen (50 guns) in the Raid on Chatham and the Raid on Chatham. From 1672 until 1674, eh served under Binckes in the expedition to the West Indies and New Netherlands. In 1676, he served in the north under Cornelis Tromp. He captured a Swede, fought in Bornholm and Oland. In 1683, he served under Schepers in the expedition to Gothenburg. In 1688, he commanded the Elswoud (60 guns) in the armada that took Willem III to England. In 1689, he took part in the conquest of Cork. In 1690, he commanded the Reigersbergen at Beachy Head. In 1693, he was in the convoy service under Van der Goes on the Spanish coast. In 1696, he commanded a squadron in the North Sea. In 1697, he commanded the 't Loo (64 guns) in a small squadron in the West Indies, and died there. This is based on my translation of the piece in Mollema's "Honor Roll". It is supplemented from my list of Dutch ships and Brandt.

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