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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jacob Huyrluyt

On May 22, 1652 (new style), Jacob Huyrluyt was convoy commander, with Joris van der Zaan as his vice-commander. Jacob Huyrluyt commanded the Zeelandia (the Zeelandia of 124ft built in 1643). Joris van der Zaan commanded the new ship Campen. They were escorting 7 straatsvaarders back from the Mediterranean Sea, when they encountered Anthony Young's ships off the Start. Shots were exchanged over the salute to the English colors, but Anthony Young backed off, as he was well aware of the tense situation and didn't want to be responsible for starting a war. In July and August 1652, Jacob Huyrluyt's lieutenant commanded the Zeelandia. According to Hendrik de Raedt's pamphlet, he was not with Tromp on the voyage to the Shetlands in July and August. The Admiralty of Amsterdam list from August 5th showed his ship with the fleet in, although commanded by his lieutenant. The only other note about him was that his ship was lying in the Texel in mid-April 1653. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910.
  2. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.I, 1898.

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