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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Dutch Naval Officer: Jan Corneliszoon Ockerse

Jan Corneliszoon Ockerse served the Admiralty of Zeeland. He was born in Zierikzee on 17 November 1673 and he died at Middelburg on 10 June 1740. He was appointed as a captain in 1698. He commanded in the attack on Vigo Bay in 1702. He also took part in the capture of Gibraltar in 1704 and Barcelona in 1705. He commanded the Katwijk (72 guns) at Gibraltar. He fought in the Battle of Velez Malaga on 23 August 1704, still in the Katwijk. In 1705, he captured the French ship le Marquis (56 guns). In 1718 or 1719, he was promoted to Schout-bij-Nacht. On 25 July 1721, he was promoted to Vice-Admiral. On 9 January 1730, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Admiral. Sources:
  1. William Laird Clowes, The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol.II, 1898.
  2. Luc Eekhout, Het Admiralenboek: De Vlagofficieren van de Nederlandse marine 1382-1991, 1992.
  3. J. C. De Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.III, 1860.

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