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Friday, November 11, 2005

Dutch Naval Officer: Jacob Hoek

Jacob Hoek served in both the Dutch navy and the Danish navy. Most of the information about Jacob Hoek's service in the Danish navy is from Andrew, except that from Anderson. Jacob Hoek served in De Ruyter's expedition to Martinique in June 1674, where he commanded the snauw Faam. He served the Admiralty of the Maze during his Dutch naval service. While De Ruyter led a fleet to the Mediterranean Sea, Jacob Hoek went to the Baltic where he served in the Danish navy. He commanded the 62-gun ship Enighed in 1676. He fought in the Battle of Eland in June 1676 and took part in operations at Rugen in August 1676. In 1676, he commanded the Christiana (54 guns). He fought in the Battle of Kjoge Bay on July 1st, 1677, under command of Niels Juel. He was assigned to the Third Squadron under Admiral J. Rodstehn. This turned out to be a great Danish victory over the Swedes. Frank Fox has told me that Niels Juel was a master of line tactics. I believe that he was the reason that the Danes fared so well in the war. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Naval Wars in the Baltic, 1910.
  2. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.

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