Thursday, July 14, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jan Noblet

Jan Noblet served the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier. In 1652, he commanded one of the 100 ships hired by the admiralties in 1652. The actual number hired never was 100, but that was specified by the action taken by the States General. He commanded the 24-gun ship Land van Beloften (Promised Land). In July, he was part of the fishery protection squadron that was operating off the east coast of Britain. His ship was taken on July 22nd. There were 12 ships taken or sunk on that day. The last we hear of Jan Noblet was in 1659, when he commanded the ship Orangieboom (36 guns and a crew of 140 men). He was with Michiel De Ruyter's fleet sent to the Sound in 1659. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910.
  2. Dr. Carl Ballhausen, Der Erste Englisch-Höllandische Seekrieg 1652-1654, 1923.
  3. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript “Dutch Captains”, 2005.
  4. G. L. Grove, Journalen van de Admiralen Van Wassenaer-Obdam (1658/59) en De Ruyter (1659/60), 1907.

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