Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Dutch Naval Officer: Jacob van Heemskerck

Jacob van Heemskerck was born in Amsterdam on 13 March 1567. He died at Gibraltar on 25 April 1607. He was captain on two of Willem Barentszoon's voyages to the North in 1594 and 1596 to 1597. He also sailed on an exploration voyage to the East Indies. He commanded an expedition to Spain and was killed in the Battle of Gibraltar when a cannonball hit his left leg. On 18 January 1607, he was appointed as a temporary Vice-Admiral. This is from my translation of the short piece in Luc Eekhout's Het Admiralenboek.

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