Thursday, April 21, 2005

Dutch Naval Officer: Jan (or Johan) Snellen

Jan Snellen was born in Breda on 12 May 1642. He died on 24 August 1691. He commanded in the Schooneveld battles and the Battle of the Texel in 1673. He sailed with the fleet that took Willem III to England in 1688. He fought in the Battle of Beachy Head (Bevesier) in 1690. He died in his sleep on board his ship in 1691. He served the Admiralty of the Maze. In 1673, he was appointed captain. On 7 August 1690, he was promoted to Schout-bij-Nacht. This is my translation of the entry in Luc Eekhout's Het Admiralenboek. In addition, he commanded the frigate Utrecht (34 guns) in 1673 in all the battles. In 1688, he commanded the 56-gun ship Delft.

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