Tuesday, February 07, 2006

One name clarified: Cornelis Rocuszoon Fincin

The First Dutch War had me convinced that the correct name for the captain of the Directors' ship from Zierikzee was Cornelis Rocuszoon Teincen, but from studying the lists from 1652, the actual name seems to have been Cornelis Rocuszoon Fincin. This sort of confusion is easy to understand, given the vagaries of reading handwritten Dutch from the 17th Century. We already knew that his ship probably carried 34 guns and had a crew of 110 men. Dr. Ballhausen says that his ship was named the Liefde, although I have not been able to confirm that from any other source.

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