Sunday, November 06, 2005

Dutch Captain: Philips Melkenbeeke

Philips Melkenbeeke served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was with De Ruyter's expedition to Martinique in June 1674, where he commanded the snauw Tonijn (8 guns). He sailed with De Ruyter's fleet to the Mediterranean Sea in 1675, still commanding the Tonijn. He fought in the Battle of Stromboli on 8 January 1676, where he was assigned to De Ruyter's Second Squadron. He also fought in the Battle of Etna on 22 April 1676, where he was still assigned to De Ruyter's squadron. It is unclear if he fought in the Battle of Palermo, as the list in Brandt seems to omit ships other than those in the line. Sources:
  1. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.

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