Tuesday, January 20, 2004

More Dutch captains: Joost Verschuur Joost Verschuur was a captain of the Admiralty of Amsterdam (~1630-January 1672). He became a captain in 1658. In 1659, he commanded the Leeuwarden (36 guns) in De Ruyter's fleet in the Sound. In 1664 and 1665, he served with De Ruyter in the Mediterranean and on the Portuguese coast. During the operations leading up to the start of the Second Anglo-Dutch War, Joost Verschuur was with Van Kampen's squadron, near Guinea, meant to rescue or recapture outposts on the African coast. In 1665, he commanded the Zuiderhuis (56 guns) at the Battle of Lowestoft. During 1666, he commanded the Jaarsveld (56 guns) at the Four Days Battle and the St. James Day Battle (the Two-Days Battle). In 1667, he commanded the Amsterdam (62 guns) in the raid on Chatham. In 1670, he was part of Van Ghent's operations against the Algerian pirates. In January of 1672, he was captain of the Waesdorp (70 guns), when he died.

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