Thursday, September 01, 2005

Dutch Captain: Leyn Pikke

Leyn Pikke served the Admiralty of Zeeland. In 1659 and 1660, he was in De Ruyter's fleet that had been sent to the Baltic. He commanded the ship Veere (or Kampveere) (42 guns). In the river at Kiel, Isaac Sweers joined 8 warships and a fluit. De Ruyter's ships lay there. These were the ships of Jan Gideonszoon Verburgh, as commandeur, with captains Leyn Pikke, Auke Stellingwerf, Jacob van Berchem, Jacob Swart, Jan Richewijn, Jan de Haan, and Joost Verschuur. Perhaps this was in October 1659, as there are dates following that beginning in November 1659. I was interested to see the references to Aitzema in Brandt's biography of De Ruyter. On the 1st of December, De Ruyter with the States' fleet lay in the roads at Travemunde, not far from Lubek. In March 1660, he set sail for home in a group of 11 warships under the command of Egbert Meeuwssen Kortenaer. Sources:
  1. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.

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