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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dutch Captain: Nikolaas Boes

We have very little information about Nikolaas Boes. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam and commanded the ship Jaarsveld (48 guns) at the Battle of Solebay. He was assigned to De Ruyter's squadron. The battle was fought on the port tack for 6 hours, and the Jaarsveld was dismasted and was fortunate to escape. The Jaarsveld was built in 1653 and had dimensions 130ft x 32ft x 13.5ft. Frequently, her crew was about 200 men. She carried as many as 52 guns, although not in the third war. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.

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