Monday, July 25, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jan Janszoon de Jongh

Jan Janszoon de Jongh served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. If he was the "Jan de Jong" mentioned by Brandt, then he was the commander of the Kat (8 guns and a crew of 18 men) in 1671. If that is true, then he would have commanded the Damiaten (34 guns) at Solebay in 1672. In early 1673, Prof. Bruijn says that he commanded the frigate Oudkarspel (34 guns), which Brandt had written was commanded by "Jan de Jong". He was given command of the Provincie van Utrecht (60 guns) from June 7, 1673. He still commanded the Provincie van Utrecht at the Battle of the Texel. Andrew writes that Jan Janszoon de Jongh commanded the Oostergo with Tromp's squadron off the coast of France. I had seen a reference to Jan Janszoon de Jongh at De Sneuper, but had thought it might be a different man with the same name, as this is Admiralty of Friesland-related. Jan Janszoon de Jongh commanded the Provincie van Utrecht in 1675 and 1676. He fought in the Battles of Stromboli, Agosta (Etna), and Palermo (Andrew says). Sources:
  1. personal communication from Andrew,
  2. piece about the Damiaten from Mr. Carl Stapel,
  3. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedryf van den Heere Michiel De Ruiter, 1687.
  4. Jaap R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.

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