Saturday, March 27, 2004

The Raid on Chatham and Jan van Brakel

I was just reading Frank Fox's book, A Distant Storm, about the raid on Chatham. Frank says that Jan van Brakel's ship was the Amsterdam ship, Vrede. I had thought that, as well, but Brandt has a list of the ships on the raid, and the Amsterdam ship Vrede (46 guns) was commanded by Jan du Bois, while Jan van Brakel commanded the Admiralty of the Maas ship Vrede (40 guns). Because of this list, we even know the crews, including the numbers of sailors and soldiers. I highly recommend getting a facsimile copy of Brandt, as you don't need to know Dutch to take advantage of the ship lists. It is invaluable.

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