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Monday, August 29, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jan Rylofszoon

Brandt has some information that would lead me to believe that perhaps Jan Rylofszoon (or is it Reylofszoon) had served as a merchant skipper in the 1660's. He is said to be from Hoorn. There is a reference about the Smyrna convoy in 1665 on page 376 of Brandt. There is another reference from 1672 about him on page 766. The primary reference to Jan Rylofszoon is in 1674, when he is given the captain of the Amsterdam transport fluit Liefde (16 guns) in De Ruyter's expedition to Martinique. The crew is 32 sailors and there are 92 soldiers, of which some or all were being transported to fight on land. Sources:
  1. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.

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