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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Some guesses about names form the 1645 list

There are some familiar names in the list of Witte de With's fleet from 1645. Here are some more names that we recognize or may be able to guess the correct spelling (M=Maze, A=Amsterdam, A-Dir=Amsterdam Directors):
  1. M-Brederode, 51 guns crew 183 Witte Corneliszoon de With--the famous admiral. The Brederode was newly completed.
  2. M-Gekroonde Liefde, 33 guns crew 98 Cornelis van Houtten--probably commanded the Amsterdam Directors ship Witte Lam in 1652
  3. A-Huis van Nassau, 36 guns crew 130 Vice-Admiral Joris Cats. This ship was lost off of Brazil in 1648. Joris Cats commanded in the Mediterranean Sea in 1652, before committing a diplomatic error.
  4. A-Goude Maan, 34 guns crew 100 Schout-bij-Nacht Johan van Galen. He commanded in the Mediterranean in 1652 and 1653, until he was killed at the Battle of Livorno. This may have been the ship sometimes called the Maan or Halve Maan.
  5. A-Goude Zon, 33 guns crew 100 Commandeur Anthonis van Zalingen. This is likely the same ship he commanded in 1652, until he died.
  6. A-Wapen van der Goes, 32 guns crew 101 Commandeur Willem van Nieuhoff. He commanded the Aartsengel Michiel in 1652 and into 1653.
  7. A-Zutphen, 32 guns crew 100 Jan de Lapper, the famous captain who was also a cobbler.
  8. A-Bommel, 30 guns crew 80 Captain Uyttenhout (probably Jan Uyttenhout)
  9. A-Dir-Burght, 24 guns crew 81 Captain Gerrit van Lummen (the book says van Limmen). Gerrit van Lummen commanded the Amsterdam Directors ship Neptunis in 1652.
  10. A-Dir-Hollandia, 26 guns crew 86 Maarten de Graeff. He commanded the Amsterdam Director's ship Prinses Roijaal in 1652.
  11. A-Dir-Wakende Boey, 26 guns crew 85 Jan Maijkers (the book says Meykes). Jan Maijkers commanded the Amsterdam Directors ship Alexander in 1652. He was with Tromp's fleet on the voyage to the Shetlands in 1652 and fought in the Battle of Dungeness.
  1. G. W. Kernkamp, De Sleutels van de Sont, 1890.

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