Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Dutch Captain: Philips Joosten

Philips Joosten served the Admiralty of Zeeland. During the summer and fall of 1652, he commanded the hired ship Hollandia, which was eventually paid off. He took part in voyage to the Shetlands, as he attended a council of war on 5 July, and then the council of war on the Brederode on 6 August, following the storm. Hendrik de Raedt's pamphlet omits him, as it does others. On 17 September, he was with Witte de With's fleet, prior to the Battle of the Kentish Knock. He probably fought in the battle. Later in October, the crews of some ships refused to serve in ships that they felt were unseaworthy. The Hollandia was one of those ships, as was the Sint Jeronimus. Philips Joosten wrote a letter to the Admiralty of Zeeland, dated 5 November 1652, which explained the situation. The crew explained that the admiralty had promised that they would only have to go to sea for one voyage. "After all, this is a free country". Apparently, Captain Banckert was effected, as well. Sources:
  1. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeewezen, Vol.IV, 1927.
  2. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.I, 1898.
  3. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.II, 1900.
  4. Hendrik de Raedt, Lyste van de schepen van Oorloge onder het beleyt Admirael Marten Harpersz. Tromp, 1652.

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