Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Dutch Captain: Adriaan van Loenen

Adriaan van Loenen served the Admiralty of Amsterdam during the First Anglo-Dutch War. At the outset, he commanded the 24-gun ship Patientia. He was in Augustijn Balck's convoying squadron that escorted a merchant fleet to Muscovy. In 1653, he commanded the 28-gun Goude Reael. He seems to have been with Witte de With at the Texel in July 1653. Interestingly enough, at least to me, pages 202 and 203 of Dr. Elias's book, Vol.V, refer to the" list of ships at Vlissingen" in July 1653. The title is somewhat misleading, as it includes ships in the Texel and at Goeree (I believe). Adriaan van Loenen almost certainly fought in the Battle of Scheveningen, and probably fought in the Battle of the Gabbard. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.
  2. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.V, 1928.

  3. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.I, 1898.

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