Friday, August 05, 2005

Dutch Captain: Ariaen Heeres Cleijntie

I hope that I have not duplicated this, and I can't tell from Google. Thanks to Mr. Carl Stapel, we know more about Ariaen Heeres Cleijntie (there are many spellings of his name). He was born about 1610 and served in the VOC from the age of 18 until 1652. In early 1652, he was appointed to command the Vergulde Pelicaen (28 guns and a crew of 100 men) by the Harlingen Directors (in Friesland). He was present on Tromp's voyage to the Shetlands in July and August 1652. Later the war, in 1653, he commanded a different ship, the Sint Vincent. In April, he sailed with Witte de With, apparently from the Texel. He seems to have fought in the Battle of the Gabbard and the Battle of Scheveningen. He was with Witte de With's fleet in the convoy from Norway. His ship was lost in the storm. Sources:
  1. Carl Stapel, personal communication, May 22, 2005.
  2. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol. VI, 1930.

  3. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript “Dutch Captains”, 2005.

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 James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.

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

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