Saturday, October 30, 2004

Dutch captain: Adriaan Houttuijn

Adriaan Houttuijn lived from 1599 until 12 June 1666. He served the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier, although he was an Amsterdam Directors captain in 1640. He was a captain in 1653 and Schout-bij-Nacht in 1665.

In 1645, he commanded the Gouden Leeuw(24 guns) with Witte de With, in the Sound. This was the operation to force a large fleet of merchant ships through the Sound without paying the toll to Denmark. From 1646 to 1651, he was in the Venetian service, fighting against the Turks. He assumed command of the Kasteel van Medemblick (30 guns), after Gabriel Antheunissen was sacked. In 1653, he fought under Tromp at the Battles of the Gabbard and Scheveningen. In 1656, he served under Van Wassenaer in the blockade of Danzig, where he still commanded the Kasteel van Medemblick. In 1658, he fought at the Battle of the Sound. In 1659, he served as a commandeur under De Ruyter in the Sound and at Funen and Nyborg. In 1665, he commanded the Wapen van Medemblick (46 guns) at the Battle of Lowestoft. He convoyed for the VOC fleet as a Schout-bij-Nacht. At the Four Days Battle in 1666, he was killed while commanding the Prins van Oranj(66 guns).

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