Tuesday, February 03, 2004

The Dutch naval officer Jacob van Meeuwen We don't know, from Mollema, when Jacob van Meeuwen was born, but he died on 29 May 1678. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was extraordinary captain in 1658, ordinary captain in 1659, temporary Schout-bij-Nacht in 1672. After that, he was commander. In 1657, he served under De Ruyter in the Mediterranean Sea and on the Portuguese coast. In 1658, he commanded the Burg van Leiden (42 guns) on the Portuguese coast. In 1659, he commanded the Hilversum (52 guns) on the operation to the Sound, Funen and Nyborg. In 1661, he commmanded the Vrede (42 guns) under De Ruyter in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1664, he convoyed the Smyrna fleet, with Van Brakel, and distinguished himself in the defense against the English attack. In 1666, he commanded the VOC ship Amsterdam (60 guns) in the Four Days and St. James Day Battles. In 1667, he commanded the Komeetstar (60 guns) in the raid on Chatham. In 1672, he distinguished himself as a commander at Solebay. In 1673, he commanded the Spiegel (70 guns) at Schooneveld and the Battle of the Texel. In 1675, he convoyed merchantmenfrom Portugal, and distinguished himself against the French assault in the Channel. In 1678, he distinguished himself as a convoy commander to Cadiz.

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