- Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Dutch Captain: Jacob Oudart
Jacob Oudart served the Admiralty of the Maze. He commanded the ship Stad Utrecht (48 guns and a crew of 200 men) at the Battle of Lowestoft in June 1665. He was assigned to Cornelis Evertsen de Oude's Sixth Squadron. At the end of the battle, the Stad Utrecht was one of four ships that had collided and become tangled. These were the Koevorden (56 guns), the Prins Maurits (53 guns), the Elf Steden (54 guns), and the Stad Utrecht (48 guns). The Duke of York, in the Royal Charles, came upon the tangled ships, and ordered a fireship to attack if they would not surrender. They would not, so John Gething's fireship Fame was sent in to burn them. One of the ships exploded, and that freed the Elf Steden, which escaped. The rest of the ships were destroyed, and no more than 100 men were rescued. Sources: