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Friday, August 12, 2005

Dutch Naval Officer: Geleyn Evertsen

Geleyn Evertsen served the Admiralty of Zeeland. He was born on 22 January 22 1655 at Vlissingen, and he died at Middelburg on 25 July 1721. He was appointed as a captain in 1679, a schout-bij-nacht on 1 April 1684, vice-admiral on 17 April 1695, and lieutenant-admiral on 22 June 1707. In 1672 and 1673, he served as a lieutenant, having been appointed in 1672. He fought in the battles of Solebay, Schooneveld, and the Texel. In 1674, he served under De Ruyter in the expedition to Martinique and was wounded. In 1683, he served under Admiral Schepers in the Sound. In 1688, he served as a Schout-bij-Nacht in the fleet that took Willem III to England. IN 1690, he served under Almonde on the Spanish coast. He also took part in the capture of Cork and Kinsdale. In 1692, he distinguished himself in the Battle of La Hougue. From 1693 to 1697, he commanded in the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, on the Schelde, and in the convoy service to Spain. From 1700 to 1703, he commanded on the Schelde. He blockaded Dunkirk and commanded in the North Sea squadron. Sources:
  1. Luc Eekhout, Het Admiralenboek, 1992.
  2. J.C. Mollema, De Eere Rol, from Geschiedenis van Nederland ter Zee, Vol.II, 1940.

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