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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Dutch Captain: Thomas Fabricius (or Fabritius)

Thomas Fabricius served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft in June 1665. He commanded the Huis te Jaarsveld (or Jaarsveld). He still commanded the Huis te Jaarsveld in August. In 1666, he commanded the larger Huis Tijdverdrijf. He fought in the Four Days' Battle and the St. James's Day Battle in 1666. The Huis te Jaarsveld was built in 1653 and had dimensions of 130ft x 32ft x 13.5ft. She carried somewhere between 48 and 50 guns and had a crew of about 200 men in this period. The Huis Tijdverdrijf had been completed in 1655 and had dimensions of 135ft x 34ft x 14ft. Her crew varied considerably. At the Four Days' Battle, her crew was 237 men. At the St. James's Day Battle, her crew was 291 men. At the Four Days' Battle, she carried 22-18pdr, 22-8pdr, and 16-3pdr. This was a time when the Dutch seemed more interested in having larger numbers of guns at the expense of broadside weight.

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