Friday, February 06, 2004

More Dutch naval officers

This is mainly from J.C. Mollema's "Honor Roll".

Engel De Ruyter

Engel De Ruyter lived from May 2, 1649 to February 27, 1683. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was a midshipman in 1666. In 1668, he became a Extraordinary-Captain. In 1669, he was a captain and in 1673, he was a Schout-bij-Nacht (Rear-Admiral).

In 1664-1665, he served with his father in the Mediterranean Sea, on the coast of Guinea, and in the West Indies. In 1670, he fought under Van Ghent against the Algerians. He was awarded medal and chain for his distinguished service. In 1672, he was intended to be part of the fireship attack at Solebay. That is when the 100-gun flagship, the Royal James was burnt and the Earl of Sandwich drowned. Instead, he commanded the Deventer (60 guns) at Solebay, where he was wounded. In 1672-1673, he commanded a company of sailors defending a water-filled defense line. In 1673, he commanded the Waesdorp (72 guns) at Schooneveld and the Battle of the Texel (Kijkduin). In 1674, he commanded the Spiegel (70 guns), under Michiel De Ruyter, at Martinique. In 1675, he was a convoy commander in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1676, he commanded temporarily in the Sound. In 1678, he was squadron commander with the fleet sent to aid Spain. He fought Chateaurenault.

Jan de Lapper

Jan de Lapper died in 1658. He served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In 1638, he became a captain.

In 1639, he distinguished himself against the Dunkirkers and at the Battle of the Downs. In 1645, he served under Witte de With, in the operation to push a merchant fleet into the Sound, without paying the toll. In 1652-1653, he fought in the great battles of the First Anglo-Dutch War. In 1656, he commanded the Marseveen (42 guns) under Van Wassenaer in the Sound and before Danzig.

Jan de Lapper's ships that are known are:

1628: Gouden Leeuw, a small vessel of 50 lasts

1652-1653: Fazant, 32 guns and a crew of 120
Built in 1646
Dimensions: 120ft x 29ft x 12ft

1656: Marseveen, 42 guns and a crew of 155
Built in 1653
Dimensions: 130ft x 32ft x 13-1/2ft

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