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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Dutch Captain: Cornelis Gerritszoon Burger

Cornelis Gerritszoon Burger served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In June 1665, he commanded the old Wapen van Edam (38 guns and a crew of 140 men) (often just called Edam or Zwarte Bul). In the chase at the end of the Battle of Lowestoft, the Wapen van Edam was caught by the 4th Rate Ruby and the 3rd Rate Anne. Frank Fox says that the Wapen van Edam fought well and heavily damaged the Ruby in the process. She was captured, as she was so outmatched. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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