Sunday, October 08, 2006

Claes Jansz Sanger's ship in 1652 to early 1653

I have new information from Carl Stapel, from archival sources, that has caused me to rethink what I had thought I knew about Claes Jansz Sanger's ship. There is a list of De Ruyter's fleet, misplaced in Vol.VI of The First Dutch War, that calls Claes Jansz Sanger's ship the Galjas van Middelburg. Carl found that in a list from March 1653, that Claes Jansz Sanger commanded the ship Middelburg (28 guns). Claes Jansz Sanger was said to have commanded the ship West Cappelle when it was sunk at the Battle of Scheveningen, and I had assumed that he had commanded the same ship for the entire war (as some captains did). Instead, I would now say that he commanded the Middelburg from earlier in 1652 up to at least March 1653, including the Three Days Battle (Portland). Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol. VI, 1930
  2. Johan E. Elias, Schetsen uit de geschiedenis van ons zeewezen, Vol.V, 1928
  3. Carl Stapel, unpublished manuscript "Lijst van Nederlandse schepen in maart 1653", 2006

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