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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dutch Captain: Matthias Boudaen

Matthias Boudaen served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was born in Amsterdam on 21 January 1674 and died there on 3 March 1722. In 1696, he was appointed as an extra-ordinary captain. In 1698, he was promoted to captain. In 1703, in the Overijssel, he overtook one of Duguay-Trouin's ships. He commanded at Gibraltar in 1704 and at Barcelona in 1705. He helped relieve Gibraltar twice. The French ship l'Arrogant struck to him. He also took l'Ardent. He joined the Mediterranean Sea fleet in 1708. He accompanied an English squadron through the straits of Gibraltar. He helped to captured two Spanish galleons in 1710. He convoyed merchant ships to Spain and Portugal. In 1717, he was appointed as a Schout-bij-Nacht. He gave advice about building better sailing ships in 1721. Sources:
  1. Luc Eekhout, Het Admiralenboek: De Vlagofficieren van de Nederlandse marine 1382-1991, 1992.
  2. J. C. De Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.III, 1860.
  3. J. C. De Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.IV, 1861.

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