Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Dutch captain, Pieter Middelandt We don't know when he was born, but Pieter Middelandt died on 2 June 1676. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was appointed captain in 1666 and Schout-bij-Nacht in 1676. In 1666, he commanded the Haarlem (42 guns) in the Four Days and the St. James Day Battles. In 1672, he commanded the Gideon (60 guns) at the Battle of Solebay. In 1673, he commanded the Komeetstar (70 guns) in the two Schooneveld battles. In 1674, he commanded the Oisterwijck (56 guns) under De Ruyter in the operation to Martinique. In 1675/'76, he commanded the Steenbergen (68 guns) under De Ruyter in operations in the Mediterranean Sea. He fought at Stromboli, Etna, and Palermo, and was drowned in the last battle. This information is from Mollema's "Honor Roll".

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