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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Dutch Captain: Kommer Gerritszoon

Kommer Gerritszoon served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he commanded the English prize Luipaard (58 guns and a crew of 280 men). The Luipaard was in Cornelis Tromp'sm squadron. She had been captured at the Battle of Livorno in 1653. She had been Henry Appleton's flagship. The Luipaard was one of three Dutch three-decked ships, the other being the Spiegel. We don't know the details of her service in the Battle of Lowestoft, except that she survived the battle. We do know the Luipaard's dimensions, as the Staet van Oorlog te Water for the year 1654 gives them as 145ft x 35ft x 14ft (this is in Amsterdam feet). There is also an armament listed by De Jonge in a table for June 1665 for a 58 gun ship from Amsterdam: 4-24pdr, 20-18pdr, 4-12pdr, 20-8pdr, and 10-3pdr. This is at least representative of what might have been carried. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. J. C. De Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.I, 1858.
  3. Staet van Oorlog te Water voor den Jaere 1654, 1654.

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