Saturday, November 22, 2003

Dutch losses at Scheveningen-10 August 1652 The Dutch lost about 10 ships at the Battle of Scheveningen. The Zeelanders lost 4 ships: Sunk: Hollandia, 38 guns - Captain Adriaan Banckert (formerly Jan Evertsen's flagship) West Cappelle, 28 guns - Captain Claes Janszoon Sanger Burnt: Eendracht, 24 guns - Captain Andries Fortuijn Blown up: Zeeuwsche Leeuw (Wapen van Zeeland) - Cornelis Evertsen de Oude Amsterdam lost 3 ships: Sunk: Hollandia, 32 guns - Captain Evert Anthonissen Dolphijn, 32 guns - Captain Gerbrandt Schatter Omlandia, 30 guns - Captain Marten Schaeff Rotterdam: Captured and burnt: Rosenkrans, 42 guns - Captain Jan de Haes (ex-English Garland) Friesland: Sunk: Zevenwolden, unknown number of guns - Captain Fredrick Stellingwerf VOC (unknown chamber): Sunk: Mercurius, unknown number of guns - Captain Pieter de Bitter There is a possibility that the Middelburg Directors' ship, the Bonaventura, the captured English Anthony Bonaventure, was also captured and burnt. My main source on this, Dr. Johan E. Elias, in Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeewezen, Vol.V, p.201, is silent on the matter. There is mention of this possible loss in The First Dutch War, Vol.V. The English very much wanted to eliminate the two captured English ships being used by the Dutch. There is a Willem van de Velde de Oude drawing that indicates that the Nassau or Huis van Nassau was sunk, but Dr. Elias, on p.202, in a note, clearly states that the Huis van Nassau survived the battle.

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