Saturday, May 14, 2005

You probably don't know that Jan Olivierszoon fought in the First Anglo-Dutch War

Jan Olivierszoon fought in the First Anglo-Dutch War. His ship was hired by the Veere Directors. He ship was armed with 38 guns and had a crew of 125 men. The name of his ship was the Wapen van der Vere, and her dimensions were 123-1/2ft x 28ft x 12ft. The ship seems to have been hired in March 1652. During the summer, he was with the fleet on the voyage to the Shetlands, where the fleet was dispersed by a storm. He seems to have missed the Battle of the Kentish Knock. We do know that he was assigned to Cornelis Evertsen's squadron at the Battle of Dungeness. We also know that he fought in the Battle of Portland as he was part of a group of 17 Zeeland ships that returned home after the battle with Jan Evertsen. He joined the fleet on 3 May 1653, probably as part of Michiel de Ruyter's squadron. He almost certainly fought in the Battle of the Gabbard, although I haven't been able to definitely confirm that. He definitely fought in the Battle of Scheveningen where he was assigned to De Ruyter's division.

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