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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Dutch Captain: Evert van Gelder

In August 1665, Evert van Gelder commanded the VOC ship Gelderesche Ruiter (46 guns). He had been at sea with De Ruyter's fleet, when he and other ships became separated from the fleet, during their flight from the English fleet. His ship, and others, were taken by the English, when they were surprised by a larger force. In 1666, Evert van Gelder commanded the Klein Hollandia (54 guns). He fought in the Four Days' Battle and the St. James's Day Battle. In 1667, he commanded the Gelderland, and took part in the Raid on Chatham in May and the Raid on Harwich in July. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.
  2. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.
  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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