Saturday, December 23, 2006

I realized that there is a mystery ship involved in the Three Days Battle

The Dutch name for what the English call the Battle of Portland is the Drie-Daagse Zeeslag, or Three Days Battle. I realized that there is at least one "mystery ship" involved that we have not seen. The old book Onstelde-Zee and the Hollandsche Mercurius for 1653 both mention a ship named the Groote Sint Lucas (28 guns), commanded by Sipke Fockes that was captured by the English and taken into Portsmouth (page 21 of the Hollandsche Mercurius for February 1653). We have not seen any other references (except for the Onstelde-Zee, which could be derived from the Hollandsche Mercurius) to this ship. The First Dutch War only refers to the ship for the same reason. I wondered if the reference to the Sint Johannes and those to the Groote Sint Lucas might refer to the same ship.

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