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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jan du Bois

Jan du Bois served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He commanded the ship Vrede during 1666 and 1667. He fought in the Four Days' Battle, but must not have been heavily engaged, as the Vrede only had one wounded and none killed. He was assigned to Jan Janszoon van Nes's division in the battle. He also fought in the St. James's Day Battle, where he was in the same unit. In May of 1667, he took part in the Raid on Chatham. In July, he was at the Raid on Harwich. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.

  2. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedryf van den Heere Michiel De Ruiter, 1687.

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

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