Monday, April 03, 2006

Dutch Captain: Andries de Boer

Andries de Boer served the Admiralty of Zeeland, according to Dr. Elias in Vol.III of Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeewezen. He commanded a ship named Zeelandia (32 guns) in the Mediterranean Sea. He fought in the Battle of Monte Cristo on 27 August 1652, under the command of Johan van Galen. Joost Willemszoon Block was also in the Mediterranean Sea at this time. He also served the Admiralty of Zeeland. His ship was variously called Zeelandia or Wapen van Zeeland. This was also a 32-gun ship. Because he still commanded this ship in July 1654, we know that he commanded the 118ft-long ship. Andries de Boer took part in a drunken party on board the captured English frigate Phoenix on 20 November 1652. As fate would have it, this was when Owen Cox staged an attack with men in three boats. The Phoenix was mostly abandoned, after the party, so the attack succeeded. Cornelis Tromp dived through a nearby window in the stern in escape, but Andries de Boer was taken prisoner with the Phoenix. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, "The First Dutch War in the Mediterranean," The Mariner's Mirror, Vol.49, No.4, November 1963
  2. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de Geschiedenis van ons Zeewezen, Vol.III, 1925
  3. "Staet van Oorlog te Water" for the year 1654

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