Monday, July 11, 2005

Dutch Captain: Dirck Pater

Dirck Pater started the First Anglo-Dutch War serving with the Amsterdam Directors. He commanded the Blauwe Arend (28 guns). In early 1652, his lieutenant was Hendrick Hendrickszoon Hon. The ship's dimensions were 127ft x 28.5ft x 12.25ft. The height between decks was 6ft-10in. The guns carried on November 8th, 1652, were: 4-brass 18pdr, 8-12pdr, 8-8pdr, 6-6pdr, and 2-3pdr. In November 1652, he was operating with 8 other ships against smugglers in the Sound. He was not present at the Battle of the Gabbard, where the Blauwe Arend was accused of fleeing the battle. He ended the war in command of Bo√ętius Schaeff's former ship Hoop. He had commanded the Hoop in the Battle of Scheveningen. Source:
  1. C.T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.V, 1912.

  2. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript “Dutch Directors' Ship Information 1652-1653”, 2004.

  3. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.

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

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