Monday, August 22, 2005

Dutch Captain: Simon van Panhuis

Simon van Panhuis had served as captain of the marines, and then as a naval captain, serving the Admiralty of the Maze. We know that he commanded the Zeelandia (42 guns) during 1673. The Zeelandia was rather new, having been completed in 1670. Her dimensions were 130ft x 33ft x 14ft. Simon van Panhuis was with the fleet in May 1673, and probably fought in the two Schooneveld Battles. In August, he fought in the Battle of the Texel. At the last battle, he was assigned to De Ruyter's division. In May 1673, the Zeelandia's crew consisted of 147 sailors and 23 soldiers. In August, her crew was 133 sailors and 13 soldiers. 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 James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.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. Jaap R. Bruijn, De Oorlogvoering ter zee in 1673 in Journalen en Andere Stukken, 1966.

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