Sunday, January 08, 2006

Dutch Captain: Sijmon van der Aeck

Sijmon van der commanded the hired ship Amsterdam (30 guns) in 1652. On 5 August, his was one of six ships lying in the Texel roads. He was assigned to De Ruyter's fleet in early August. He had fought in the Battle of Plymouth on 26 August 1652. He was still with De Ruyter when they joined Witte de With's fleet. On 2 October, his ship was sent in for repairs along with other ships from De Ruyter's fleet that received considerable damage in the previous battle. In early March of 1653, apparently shortly after the Battle of Portland, his ship was said to be still off Amsterdam being repaired. We hear nothing more of Sijmon van der Aeck after this. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910.
  2. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.II, 1923.
  3. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.I, 1898.
  4. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.II, 1900.

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