Thursday, January 01, 2004
The Prinses Aemilia I was looking at the Sailing Warship website, and noticed the entry for the 28-gun Amsterdam Admiralty ship, the Aemilia. We know that the Prinses Aemilia was lost at the Battle of the Gabbard, in 1653, when she was commanded by Jan Fransz. Smit, the lieutenant of Jan Ter Stege. Apparently, Jan Ter Stege was absent at the time of the battle. The ship, here, is called the Prinses, but we know that the ship commanded by Jan Ter Stege in 1653 was the Aemilia. Up until the Battle of Portland (the Three Days Battle), the Aemilia had been commanded by the famous Willem van der Zaan. After his brother, Joris van der Zaan, was killed at Portland, he assumed command of his brother's ship, the Campen (or Kampen). The reference for this is note 3 on page 94, in Volume V of Dr. Johan E. Elias' book, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, 's-Gravenhage, 1928. This 6-volume book is very useful, as there is much information from the Dutch archives that has not been published elsewhere. The reference for Jan Ter Stege commanding the Aemilia is on page 309 in Volume IV of The First Dutch War, ed. C.T. Atkinson, London, 1909. The listing in the table shows that the crew consisted of 100 men. The table, which goes from page 308 to 310, contains information that seems generally to be from April 1653, although it is undated.