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Monday, September 05, 2005

Dutch Captain: Klaas Anker

Klaas Anker (Claes Ancker) served the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier. He was in De Ruyter's fleet in August 1665, where he commanded the Hollandsche Tuin (56 guns). He was assigned to Cornelis Tromp's squadron. He fought in the St. James's Day Battle in August 1666, where he commanded the old Eendracht (44 guns) built in 1639. He was assigned to Jan Corneliszoon Meppel's division. He commanded the Alkmaar in 1672. He fought in the Battle of Solebay, where the Alkmaar carried 62 guns. He was assigned to De Ruyter's squadron. In the battle, the Alkmaar had two men severely wounded and five lightly wounded. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.
  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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