Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Dutch Captain: Pieter Klaaszoon Dekker

Pieter Klaaszoon Dekker served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In 1671, he commanded the Kater (8 guns and a crew of 18 men). He commanded the frigate Bommel (24 guns) and fought in the Battle of Solebay. In 1673, he commanded the Wakende Kraan (44 guns). He fought in the Schooneveld battles and the Battle of the Texel (Kijkduin). He was assigned to Cornelis Tromp's squadron. Andrew probably knows more about Pieter Dekker than I do, and he writes that Pieter Klaaszoon Dekker commanded the Province Utrecht (56 guns, 315 men) in the Channel squadron in 1689. He fought at the Battle of Beachy Head (1690) as captain of the Wapen van Utrecht (64 guns). "In 1692 he commanded the ship Leiden (64 guns) at the battle of Barfleur (May 1692)". The quote is from him, as well as the information for the 1680's and 90's. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.
  2. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedryf van den Heere Michiel De Ruiter, 1687.
  3. Jaap R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.

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