Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Dutch naval officer: jonkheer Philips van Dorp
Philips van Dorp was born in Tholen in 1587. He died in The Hague on 5 December 1652. He commanded the naval forces of the Republic from 1627 to 1629. He was dismissed in 1637 when the herring fleet was found to be insufficiently protected. He served in the council of the Admiralty of the Maze (Rotterdam) from 1637 to 1652. He started his career in the service of the Admiralty of Zeeland. In 1621, he was appointed captain. On 16 October 1622, he was promoted to vice-admiral. On 11 June 1627, he was promoted to lieutenant-admiral. He was dismissed on 22 March 1629. On 6 May 1652, he was appointed as lieutenant-admiral of Holland and West-Friesland. On 15 October 1637, he was again dismissed from the service. I have seen him characterized as more of a politician than a naval officer, much like Joris Cats (or Catz). This is my translation of a piece in Luc Eekhout's Het Admiralenboek, with my further comments.