Wednesday, July 05, 2006

In May 1653, the East Indiaman Prins Willem was back to sailing for the VOC

On 13 May 1653, Michiel De Ruyter encountered two large East Indiamen from Zeeland near the Texel: the Prins Willem and the Oranje. The Prins Willem had been Witte de With's flagship for the Battle of the Kentish Knock, while the Oranje would later fight in the Battle of Lowestoft, carrying 76 guns. The Prins Willem had proved to be a poor sailer and unwieldy, so the ship was returned to the VOC after the Kentish Knock. The Oranje did not participate as a combatant in the First Anglo-Dutch War, but was fitted out as a warship for the Second Anglo-Dutch War. She was commanded by Bastiaan Centsen (Centen, or Senten) at the Battle of Lowestoft. The ship was heavily damaged and was taken by the English. The ship was not worth saving, so she was burnt. Sources:
  1. C.T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.V, 1912
  2. Artitec page about the Oranje
  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996

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