Sunday, November 21, 2004

Dutch Captain: David Swerius (Sweers)

David Swerius served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was killed on 21 August 1673, at the Battle of the Texel (Kijkduin). He is first mentioned by Brandt in 1671, when he commanded the small frigate Brak (24 guns and a crew of 77 sailors and 16 soldiers). In May 1672, he commanded the Beschermer (50 guns and a crew of 200 sailors and 45 soldiers). He fought in the Battle of Solebay, and his ship had 15 killed, 17 severely wounded, and 10 lightly wounded. He was in De Ruyter's squadron. David Swerius commanded the Beschermer until his death at the Battle of the Texel. He is listed next in September 1672, with the fleet. At the beginning of the Schooneveld battles in 1673, his ship had a crew of 216 sailors and 29 soldiers. For the Battle of the Texel, the Beschermer had a crew of 200 sailors and 16 soldiers. He was one of six Dutch admirals and captains killed (Isaac Sweers, Jan de Liefde, Jan Pauluszoon van Gelder, David Swerius, Hendrick Visscher, and Dirk Jobszoon Kiela).

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