Monday, July 03, 2006
Apparently, Isaak Sweers commanded the Engel Gabriel of 1636
Carl Stapel says that Isaak Sweers' journal indicates that he commanded an old States' ship, and therefore, probably the ship built in 1636. That ship carried 36 guns and had a crew of 130 men. The ship was sunk by gunfire in the Three Days Battle (the Battle of Portland). Isaak Sweers was taken prisoner, but escaped with an Spanish merchant, and eventually returned to the Netherlands from Spain (as I recall).