Saturday, August 13, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jacob Philipszoon (or Philips)

Presumably, Jacob Philips and Jacob Philipszoon are one in the same. Brandt seems to confirm that supposition. Jacob Philipszoon commanded the Zutphen (38 guns) in August 1665, in De Ruyter's fleet. Earlier, at the time of the Battle of Lowestoft, his ship was apparently lying in the Texel roads. At the Four Days' Battle in June 1666, he was Isaac Sweers' flag captain on the Gouda (72 guns). In May 1667, he commanded the frigate Brak (20 guns) in the Raid on Chatham. Jacob Philipszoon had the honor of receiving Sir George Ayscue's surrender on the Royal Prince on the third day of the Four Days' Battle. Sources:
  1. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.
  2. H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984.
  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  4. J. C. De Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.I, 1858.

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