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Friday, August 26, 2005

Dutch Captain: Mozes Wichmans

Mozes Wichmans served the Admiralty of the Maze. He died in 1676. In 1671, he commanded the frigate Schiedam (24 guns). In 1672, he fought in the Battle of Solebay and commanded the frigate Harderwijk (24 guns). He probably fought in the Schooneveld battles and then in the Battle of the Texel. At the Texel, he was assigned to Aert van Nes's division. An interesting sidepoint is that the Dutch spelling in the journals in Dr. Bruijn's book is considerably different from the current spelling, although it is relatively easy to understand the mapping between them. In June 1674, Mozes Wichmans commanded the fluit Moriaans Hoofd in De Ruyter's expedition to Martinique. His ship carried 136 soldiers. 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 James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.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. Jaap R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.

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