Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Dutch Captain: Cornelis Janszoon Haen (the Haentjen)

Cornelis Janszoon Haen (the Haentjen) served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He lived from 1580 until 19 April 1633. He was promoted to captain in 1622. He boasted of being a fearless privateer and pirate hunter. He was killed in a fight with the Dunkirkers, after 7 of their ships had been taken. He died while fighting to take an eighth. This is based on my translation of the short piece in Mollema's Honor Roll and the account written by De Jonge. Sources:
  1. J. C. De Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.I, 1858.
  2. J. C. Mollema, De Eere Rol, from Geschiedenis van Nederland ter Zee, Vol.II, 1940.

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