Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Dutch Captain: Cornelis van der Zaan

Cornelis van der Zaan served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He lived from about 1640 until 1691. In 1671, he commanded the advice jacht Galei (12 guns and a crew of 50 men). He 1672, he commanded the jacht Brak (24 guns) that had been completed in 1666. He seems to have fought in the Battle of Solebay. He commanded the 60 gun ship Amsterdam in 1673, and fought in the Schooneveld battles and the Battle of the Texel. He was assigned to Cornelis Tromp's division in the Battle of the Texel. He commanded the frigate Damiaten in De Ruyter's expedition to Martinique in 1674. In July 1675, he commanded the frigate Edam (34 guns). Andrew says that he fought at Stromboli, Agosta (Etna), and Palermo in 1676. In 1686. he commanded the Harderwijk (46 guns). Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.
  2. Jaap R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.

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