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Monday, October 30, 2006

Carl Stapel had a surprise for me today

I was surprised, but I should not have been, that the commander of the Omlandia in September 1652 was Boëtius Schaeff, not Maarten Schaeff or Jacob Troucquois (or Troncquoij). I had known that Maarten Schaeff had commanded the Omlandia at the Battle of Scheveningen, when the ship was lost, so I assumed that he was the Schaeff mentioned on page 309 of The First Dutch War, Vol.IV. Apparently, Boëtius Schaeff was succeeded in command of the Omlandia by Maarten Schaeff, probably before April 1653. By May, Boëtius Schaeff commanded the ship Hoop. He was killed at the Battle of the Gabbard in June 1653. Dirck Pater took over command of the Hoop after the Gabbard. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910
  2. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.V, 1912
  3. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.V, 1928
  4. Carl Stapel, personal communication "some new information which might interest you", 2006

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