Thursday, June 02, 2005

Dutch Captain: Claes Corneliszoon Valehen

Claes Corneliszoon Valehen (or Vale Haen) served the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier. In the summer of 1652, he commanded a fireship. In 1658, he commanded the Kasteel van Medemblik (28 guns) and fought in the Battle of the Sound. In June 1665, he commanded the Hoorn (or Wapen van Hoorn) and fought in the Battle of Lowestoft. He was assigned to Volckert Schramm's squadron that was mostly Noorderkwartier ships, along with some from the VOC. He missed the Four Days Battle. There were only a handful of Noorderkwartier ships involved there. He did fight in the St. James's Day Battle on 25 July 1666, where he was assigned to Jan Corneliszoon Meppel's squadron. In 1672, he commanded the Drie Helden Davids (50 guns) and fought in the Battle of Solebay. In 1673, he commanded the Prins van Oranje (64 guns) and fought first in the Schooneveld battles and then the Battle of the Texel. At the Battle of the Texel, he was assigned to Vice-Admiral Enno Doedes Star's division. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Captains", 2005.
  2. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1620-1700", 2004.
  3. Jaap R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.
  4. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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