Monday, May 09, 2005
Dutch Naval Officer: Adriaan Banckert
Adriaan Banckert was born in Vlissingen in 1620 and died in Middelburg on 22 April 1684. He was a schipper in 1639. He commanded in the Battle of Lowestoft in 1665. He fought in the Four Days Battle and the St. James's Day Battle in 1666. He fought in the Battle of Solebay in 1672, the two Schooneveld battles and the Battle of the Texel (Kijkduin) in 1673. He was on the council of the Admiralty of Zeeland from 1678 until 1684. He served in the Admiralty of Zeeland, and was appointed captain in 1642, when he was quite young. On 16 December 1664, he was promoted to Schout-bij-Nacht. After that, until May 1665, he was a temporary Vice-Admiral. On 15 July 1665, he was promoted to Vice-Admiral. On 5 September 1666, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Admiral. He left the service on 3 December 1674. This is from my translation of the piece in Luc Eekhout's Het Admiralenboek.