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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Dutch Captain: Michiel Suis

Michiel Suis served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In 1666, he commanded the Campen (or Kampen) (46 guns). He fought in the Four Days' Battle, where he was assigned to Cornelis Tromp's squadron. He may have been in the rear division, under the command of Abraham van der Hulst, but we cannot be sure, as some of those ships listed in Frank Fox's book may have actually been in the van, not the rear. Michiel Suis also fought in the St. James's Day Battle, where he was in Cornelis Tromp's division. In 1667, he commanded the newer ship Stad Gouda (46 guns) 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 James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.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 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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