Friday, December 09, 2005

Dutch Captain: Hector Bardesius

Hector Bardesius served the Amsterdam Directors. At the beginning of the First Anglo-Dutch War, he commanded the ship Nieuw Gideon or Gideon van Sardam (34 guns). The Gideon was a substantial ship of dimensions 132ft x 29.5ft x 13.5ft. Her crew was variously 115 or 120 men. Her complement of guns consisted of 4-24pdr, 14-12pdr, 10-8pdr, 4-6pdr, and 2-3pdr. Dr. Ballhausen says that Hector Bardesius fought in the Battle off Dover on 29 May 1652. He also was with the fleet on the voyage to the Shetlands. He apparently fought in the Battle of the Kentish Knock, as he and his ship joined Witte de With's fleet in the Bruges roads on 29 September. His ship fought in the Battle of Dungeness on 10 December 1652. He apparently had been superseded in command by his lieutenant Ulrich de Jaeger. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Directors Ship Information", 2004.
  2. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2005.
  3. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.II, 1900.
  4. Dr. S. R. Gardiner, and C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.III, 1906.
  5. Hendrik de Raedt, Lyste van de schepen van Oorloge onder het beleyt Admirael Marten Harpersz. Tromp, 1652.

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