Monday, August 15, 2005

Dutch Captain: Jan Gijselszoon van Lier

Jan Gijselszoon van Lier served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He died in 1675. In 1666, he commanded the frigate Asperen (34 guns). He fought in the Four Days' Battle and the St. James's Day Battle. He towed the Hollandia into Goeree on June 12th, 1666. In both battles, he was assigned to Cornelis Tromp's squadron. In 1667, he commanded the Tromp (or Muiltromp) and took part in the Raid on Chatham in May and the Raid on Harwich in July. He commanded the Leeuwen during the Third Anglo-Dutch War. He fought in the Battle of Solebay in May 1672. He was assigned to Van Ghent's squadron in the battle. He seems to have fought in the Schooneveld battles and the Battle of the Texel in 1673. He was assigned to Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge's squadron at the Texel. 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.
  3. J. R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.
  4. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

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