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Monday, March 13, 2006

The Koning Radbout (or Radboud)

Dr. Elias writes that the ship Koning Radbout was lost in the storm in late 1653, when Witte de With's fleet was hit when almost home, as they were off the Texel. Dr. Elias writes that the Koning Radbout was a Medemblik Directors' ship. Vreugdenhil disagreed and credit the ship to the Amsterdam Directors. The reason that Vreugdenhil thought that was an intelligence report published in Thurloe that attributed the ship to the Amsterdam Directors. That list gives the captain as "John Rootiers". In fact, this letter, while interesting, is very error-filled. For example, Jan Heck (or Heckas) commanded the Eenhoorn for the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier, not the Amsterdam Directors. Sources:
  1. C.T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.V, 1912
  2. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.VI, 1930
  3. A. Vreugdenhil, Ships of the United Netherlands 1648-1702, 1938

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