Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Dutch Captain: Schelte Wichelma (or Wiglema)

Schelte Tierks Wichelma (or Wiglema, as De Sneuper calls him) served the Admiralty of Friesland. In the First Anglo-Dutch War, he commanded the ship Frisia. He fought in the Battle of the Kentish Knock on 8 October 1652 under the command of Witte de With. On 10 December 1652, he fought in the Battle of Dungeness, under the command of Lt-Admiral Tromp. He also fought in the Three Days Battle (Portland). His ship had a gunpowder explosion on 28 February 1653 and was destroyed, while Captain Wichelma was killed. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910
  2. A. Vreugdenhil, Ships of the United Netherlands 1648-1702, 1938

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