Thursday, July 07, 2005

Dutch Captain: Dirck Claeszoon van Dongen

Dutch captain Dirck Claeszoon van Dongen took part in the summer campaign leading up to the Battle of the Downs in 1639. On October 3rd, he was assigned to a squadron with captains Cornelis Engelen Silvergieter, Waterdrincker, Frans Janszoon, Forant, Regermorter, Commandeur Johan Hendrickszoon de Nijs, De Zeeuw, Juynbol, and Melcknap. He also took part in the council of war on October 8th. At the start of the Battle on 13 October, he was in Tromp's squadron. He commanded "a buss-convoyer from the Maas". Sources:
  1. Dr. M.G. De Boer, Tromp en de Armada van 1639, 1941.
  2. Charles R. Boxer, The Journal of Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp Anno 1639, 1930.

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