Friday, October 15, 2004

New information thanks to a reader

Two questions have been answered, thanks to a reader, Andrew. He pointed out a quote: "In Augustus 1652 Andries Douwesz. Pascaert onder Adm. M.H. Tromp kruisend bij Shetland eilanden op het schip Prins Willem, 28 stukken". The questions that have been answered are:

  • "Who was Captain Pascaert" (mentioned in the passage about the Shetlands)
  • "What ship was commanded by Andries Douweszoon?"
  • There are conflicting reports about whether Andries Douweszoon Pascaert reported to the Admiralty of Friesland or to the Harlingen Directors. Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet says that he reported to the Harlingen Directors, and that his ship carried 28 guns and had a crew of 105 men. Another reference gives the figures as 30 guns and a crew of 100 men. Andrew gives the figures as 28 guns and a crew of 90 men. In any case, Captain Pascaert took part in the Battle of the Gabbard and was courtmartialed and cashiered for his actions in the battle.

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