Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Dutch Captain: Balthazar van de Voorde

Balthazar van de Voorde served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. At the Battle of Lowestoft, he commanded the Zeelandia (38 guns). This was the ship built in 1643. He was assigned to Lt-Admiral van Wassenaer's First Squadron. We next see him in May 1672, when he commanded the Kruiningen (or Huis te Kruiningen) (56 guns). He fought in the Battle of Solebay, where he was assigned to Lt-Admiral Bankert's squadron. The Kruiningen had 5 men killed in the battle. On July 31st, 1672, he was assigned to Isaac Sweer's squadron. At that date, the Kruiningen carried 56 guns and had a crew of 184 sailors and 12 soldiers. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.

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