Thursday, April 27, 2006

Allert Janszoon and the Dubbele Arend (beating the topic to death)

I did more research on the topic of Allert Janszoon and the ship Dubbele Arend. The only link between Allert Janszoon and the ship named Dubbele Arend (or Dubbelden Arent) is on page 87, Vol.III of Dr. Elias's book Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeeewezen. In other places, we see Allert Janszoon described as being in the service of the Vlissingen Directors. The last mention of Allert Janszoon is in November 1652, when he was one of the captains who was courtmartialed for cowardice or disobedience at the Battle of the Kentish Knock. By December, his lieutenant, Teunis Post, was acting commander of the ship. The reference on page 87 has the list of captains and ships. There is at least one error in ship names, as we know from unpublished manuscripts that Lambert Pieterszoon's ship was named the Nassouw (34 guns), not the Hector.

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