Saturday, December 04, 2004

Dutch Captain: Dirk Jobszoon Kiela (or Dirk Jacobszoon Kiela)

Dirk Jobszoon Kiela served the Admiralty of Zeeland. I have seen his middle name variously listed as Jobszoon or Jacobszoon. As Prof. Bruijn renders his name as Jobszoon, I accept that as the definitive word. He first appears in command of the frigate Delft (36 guns) in June 1666. He fought in the Four Days Battle, where he was assigned to the 2nd Squadron (Cornelis Evertsen). At the St. James's Day Battle, he was in Jan Evertsen's squadron, again in the frigate Delft (34 guns). He seems to have missed the campaign in the summer of 1667. We next see him in 1671 in command of the Zeeland ship Dordrecht (47 guns). In 1673, he commanded the Ter Veere (44 guns) (also known as Kampveere) at the Schooneveld battles and at the Battle of the Texel, where he was killed. For the entire 1673 campaign, he was assigned to Banckert's squadron. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1620-1700", 2004.
  3. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.
  4. J. R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter Zee in 1673 In Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.

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