Tuesday, July 20, 2004

I received a copy of Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet, today

Thanks to Ron Brand at the Maritiem Museum Rotterdam, I have a copy of Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet. It is valuable, in that it is a complete list of captains who were part of Tromp's fleet on the "Voyage to the North" (as The First Dutch War calls Tromp's voyage to the Shetlands in August 1652). The voyage was a disaster, although the losses were minor. The big problem was the number of damaged and scattered ships. Tromp was forced from his command, for this debacle. The list is quite similar to that contained in the Hollandsche Mercurius for June 1652. That list was translated and reprinted in Volume I of The First Dutch War. This list is unique, but similar in that captains and many guns and crew numbers are part of the list. The only ship names are for fireships. One thing caught my eye. Jan Maikers, who served the Amsterdam Directors, had his name less mangled in this list. In the Hollandsche Mercurius, he was called Jan Deyckers. Here, his handwritten name was rendered as Jan Meyckes. I have seen his name written in manuscripts from the Nationaal Archief, so I am pretty sure of the correct spelling.

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