Saturday, April 02, 2005

A short bio of Maarten Harpertsz. Tromp

Luc Eekhout has a short piece on Maarten Tromp, along with a portrait that I had not seen previously. Like Witte de With, Maarten Tromp was born in Brielle. He was born on 24 April 1598. He was killed in action by an English sharpshooter at the Battle of Scheveningen. He served in the merchant service from 1610 to 1612, as a boy. He was a ship carpenter from 1612 to 1616, and he commanded in the Battles off Dunkirk and at the Downs in 1639. After the death of William II, he was reduced in rank, but it was restored in 1651. He commanded in the Battles of Dover, Dungeness, Portland, the Gabbard, and Scheveningen. In the last battle, he was mortally wounded and died. He had been promoted to Lieutenant-Admiral on 27 October 1637 and again on 28 September 1651.

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