Thursday, June 23, 2005
Dutch Naval Officer: Schrevel Janszoon Ruijmveld
In the documents found by Mr. Carl Stapel, this officer seems to have been called "Schrevel Janszoon Ruijmveld (or Ruymveld)", although Luc Eekhout seems to call him Simon Janszoon Ruijmveld. It could be a different man, but after seeing the entry in Luc Eekhout's Het Admiralenboek, I believe that it must be the same man. There is almost no useful information, but it does mention that he served the Admiralty of the Maze. He was appointed as a Luitenant-ter-Zee in 1605. In 1612, he was promoted to Kapitein-ter-Zee. In 1620, Luc Eekhout writes that Captain Ruimveld served as a temporary Schout-bij-Nacht (rear-admiral). We also know, thanks to Mr. Carl Stapel, that he was on Haultain's expedition to the Mediterranean Sea from November 1620 to September 1621. This is expedition is the period in which he served as a temporary Schout-bij-Nacht. On this expedition, he commanded the Leeuwinne, a ship of 200 lasts. On Moy Lambert's expedition from May 1618 until February 1619, Schrevel Ruijmveld commanded the ship Holland (or Wapen van Holland).