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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Dutch Captain: Matthijs Dirkszoon Pijl

Matthis Dirkszoon Pijl served the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier. Prof. Bruijn says of him that he was "first lieutenant of the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier". Matthijs Dirkszoon Pijl commanded the Wapen van Holland (44 guns) at the Battle of the Texel. He had been appointed as captain of the Wapen van Holland on June 7, 1673. Andrew says that he seems to have continued his career with the Danish navy, starting from 1676, first as a captain and later as a rear-admiral. He fought in the Battle of Kjöge Bay in 1677. In that Battle, Andrew says that the Charlotte Amalie (64 guns) was Pijl's flagship. There is a Danish source that says that he died in 1678. Sources:
  1. Jaap R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.

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