Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Gillis Schey

Gillis Schey lived from 5 September 1644 to 15 June 1703. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was a Midshipman in 1656, Lieutenant in 1661, Extraordinary Captain in 1669, Captain in 1675, Schout-bij-Nacht in 1683, and Vice-Admiral in 1692.

In 1659, he served of commander of soldiers, under De Ruyter, at Funen. In 1664, he served with his father, in the Mediterranean Sea, under Cornelis Tromp. In 1665, he distinguished himself at Lowestoft. In 1666, he distinguished himself at the Four Days and St. James Day Battles, serving with his father. In 1667, he fought in the Raid on Chatham. In 1670, he fought under Van Ghent in the destruction of 6 Algerian ships. In 1673, he commanded the Tijdverdrijf (50 guns) at Schooneveld and the Battle of the Texel (Kijkduin). In 1674, he served under Cornelis Tromp in the voyage off the French coast. In 1675-1676, he commanded the Essen (50 guns) which was sunk in the Battle of Stromboli. He commanded the Spiegel (70 guns) in the Battles of Etna and Palermo. In 1678, he served under Evertsen in the relief force sent to Spain. In 1683, he served under Schepers in the voyage to the Sound and Göteborg. His ship was lost on the return voyage (along with many others, in a storm). In 1685-1686, he was a convoy commander in the Sound and the Mediterranean Sea. In 1688, he commanded the Wapen van Utrecht (62 guns) in the fleet that brought Willem III to England, fighting in the capture of Cork. In 1690, he commanded the Prinses Maria (92 guns) in the Battle of Beach Head. In 1692, he distinguished himself at La Hogue. In 1694-1695, he commanded under Almonde in the Channel. He took part in the bombardment of Dunkirk.

This is my translation of what is in Mollema's "Honor Roll".

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