Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jacob Pauw

Jacob Pauw served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In 1666, he commanded the Stavoren, and fought in the Four Days' Battle and the St. James's Day Battle. At the Four Days' Battle he was assigned to Cornelis Evertsen's squadron. At the St. James's Day Battle, Jan Evertsen commanded his late brother's squadron. In 1667, Jacob Pauw commanded the English prize Essex, which had been captured in the Four Days' Battle. The Dutch apparently retained the name Essex, rather than renaming her, as they did the Swiftsure. He took part in the Raid on Chatham in May and the Raid on Harwich in July. The Essex was wrecked after a relatively short service in the Dutch navy. 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 James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.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. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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