Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Dutch Naval Officer: Andries Pieterszoon

Andries Pieterszoon served the Admiralty of the Maze. In June 1665, he fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he commanded the jacht Hazewindhond (3 guns and a crew of 12 men). He was assigned to Cornelis Evertsen de Oude's squadron. In 1696, 31 years later, a man named A. Pieterszoon commanded the ship Hollandia (72 guns). Given the gap, the latter man is unlikely to be the same person as that man who commanded the jacht in 1665. Names were often shortened, but the man who comes to mind first, Andries Pieterszoon Stellingwerf, served the Admiralty of Friesland, not the Maze. He commanded a ship, the Prinsen Wapen in 1656, and that was the last we hear of him. He is certainly not the same man. I looked at the lists for the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars, and he is absent, except for the Battle of Lowestoft. I expect that the man who commanded the Hollandia in 1696 was Anthonij Pietersen (or Pieterszoon). Sources:
  1. William Laird Clowes, The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol.II, 1898.
  2. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  3. J. C. De Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche Zeewezen, Vol.III, 1869.

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