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Friday, January 27, 2006

The relief squadron sent to Brazil from 1650 to 1652

We know just a very little about the relief squadron sent to Brazil in the period from 1650 to 1652. The survivors returned home in May-June 1652, although some were lost in the process. This is the list of ships and captains as we know them:
M  ?                  ?          Marinus de Clerq         arrived at Rotterdam 25 June
M  Dolphijn           28 guns    Captain Schooneman?      arrived at Rotterdam 25 June
M  Nijmegen           26 guns    Paulus van den Kerckhoff sunk by the English  10 June
F  ?                  ?          Hendrick Janszoon Camp   ?
F  ?                  ?          Tjaert de Groot          arrived at the Texel 13 June
A  Gewapende Ruiter   36 guns    Bo√ętius Schaeff       Captured by the English 18 June
A  Aemelia            28 guns    Floris van Oy            arrived at Amsterdam 12 June
A  Graaf Willem       40 guns    Captain Tas              arrived at Amsterdam 20 June
A  Westfriesland      28 guns    Captain Boonacker        arrived at Amsterdam 20 June
Z  ?                  ?          Cornelis Loncq           arrived at Wielings  20 June
Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.
  2. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.II, 1923.
  3. Admiralty of Rotterdam, list of ships from 26 February 1652.
  4. website De Sneuper.
  5. A. Vreugdenhil, Ships of the United Netherlands 1648-1702, 1938.

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