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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

May 22nd 1652 off the Start

(Joris) Van der Zaan reported that the convoy escorted by 3 warships was returning from Genoa and Livorno with 7 rich Straatsvaarders carrying cargo valued at 50 barrels of gold. On 22 May the convoy had encountered Captain Young with a couple of frigates, who was guarding the westward approaches. Van der Zaan had reacted negatively to the order to strike his colors, ignoring the example of the convoy commander Huurluyt (Huyrluyt), who had struck his. This led to a sharp fight between the stubborn Amsterdammer and the English commander, which lasted 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Van der Zaan was finally forced to yield. He struck his flag and Young let the convoy proceed without further hindrance. This is based on my translation of a passage written by Dr. Elias. Source:
  1. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.II, 1923.

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