Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Dutch Captain: Cornelis Engelen Silvergieter

I was disappointed to see that Cornelis Engelen Silvergieter was not mentioned in Mollema's "Honor Roll" nor in Dr. De Boer's book Tromp en de Armada van 1639. C.R. Boxer did note Captain Silvergieter's presence during the campaign of the Battle of the Downs. Cornelis Engelen Silvergieter served the Admiralty of Rotterdam. The "Staet van Oorlog te Water" for 1629 lists him as commanding a Rotterdam ship. He also appears in the list published in Vol.I of The First Dutch War. He commanded a small Rotterdam frigate with 22 guns. At the beginning of the First Anglo-Dutch War, he commanded the Overijssel. From Hendrick de Raedt's pamphlet, we know that he was present on the expedition to the Shetlands. We also know that his ship survived the storm, but he vanished from the scene after they voyage.

Captain Dirck Vijch succeeded Captain Silvergieter in command of the Overijssel, and was still in her in 1654 (at least according to the "Staet van Oorlog te Water" for 1654).

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