Saturday, September 03, 2005

Dutch Captain: Evert Nachtglas

Evert Nachtglas apparently served the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier. The first reference to him is in Brandt, page 211, when he is mentioned to be sailing for home, in company with captain 't Hoen. This is about June 1660, when they are leaving the Baltic. In 1661, he was in Vice-Admiral Meppel's division in De Ruyter's squadron sent to fight pirates in the Mediterranean Sea. Meppel's division included his ship Westfriesland, Aert van Nes's ship Prinses Louise, Cornelis Jacobszoon de Boer's ship Hollandsche Tuin, and Evert Nachtglas's ship Wapen van Alkmaar. They seem to arrived at Cadiz on 28 September 1661. Evert Nachtglas is mentioned, again, on page 246 of Brandt, where he is in company with Vice-Admiral Meppel and captain De Boer. This was apparently in August 1662, when they were to sail to Livorno (Leghorn). In October 1662, he was to sail to Malaga, to take on water and supplies. After that, he was to find the fleet and rejoin. Interestingly enough, Brandt mentions skippers Jan Reilofszoon and Lambert Bartelszoon. Evert Nachtglas left for Holland on 5 February 1663, leaving De Ruyter with 7 ships. I have some trouble reading Brandt, because of the archaic words and spelling, so I hope that I am at least close to the text presented by Brandt. Sources:
  1. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.

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