Thursday, August 18, 2005

Dutch Captain: Willem Boudewijnszoon van Eyk

Willem Boudewijnszoon van Eyk served the Admiralty of the Maze during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. In August 1665, he commanded the frigate Schiedam (25 guns) in De Ruyter's fleet. During 1666 and 1667, he commanded the frigate Kwartier van Nijmegen (or Nijmegen) (34 guns). He fought in the Four Days' Battle in June 1666. He was assigned to Jan de Liefde's division in that battle. At the St. James's Day Battle, he was assigned to Aert van Nes's division in De Ruyter's squadron. In May 1667, he took part in the Raid on Chatham. Sources:
  1. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedryf 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.

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