Sunday, July 30, 2006

More about 8 October , 9 October, and 10 October 1652

After the English fleet had been sighted and had closed to a half mile, it was the two East Indiamen that were with the fleet that had drifted off, as well as three warships. At the end of 8 October 1652, Jan Jansz van Nes, in the Gorcum (30 guns) (or Gorinchem) was missed. The English had taken the ship, and had removed Jan Jansz van Nes and his son from the ship, but Willem Adriaansz Warmont had retaken the ship. Witte de With says that the ship was totally dismasted. Cornelis Jol's (Cornelis Holla) ship, the Leiden (28 guns), had lost its mainmast. Gerrit Nobel's ship was wrecked and sank. His ship, the Burgh van Alkmaar (24 guns) had blown up in the battle. Adriaan Nicolaesz Kempen's ship, the Amsterdam (30 guns), had lost its bowsprit, as had Cornelis van Houten's ship, the Witte Lam (30 guns). The East Indiaman Vogelstruis had apparently missed the battle, having become separated in the rough weather, and rejoined at midday on 9 October. On 10 October, the wind was from the west, and Witte de With held another council of war. They could see the English fleet to the west southwest. They found out that four ships had sailed to the Texel without orders. These were the ships of Lambert Pieterszoon (the Nassaouw, 34 guns), the ship of Ewout Jeroenssen (the Zutphen, 28 guns), the ship of Jacob Andriesz Swart (the Faam, 28 guns), and the ship of Laurens Degelcamp (the Gelderland, 24 guns). The decision was made to sail to the Goeree Gat, so they altered course, accordingly. This is based on the account in Witte de With's journal, published in The First Dutch War, Vol.II. Sources:
  1. James C. Bender, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Ships 1600-1700", 2006
  2. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.II, 1900

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