Thursday, February 15, 2007

The mysterious captain Belevelt

A list that I received yesterday, in the photographs that arrived by email, shows again a captain named Belevelt, among the captains of the Admiralty of Friesland. The list has the following information:
Admiralty ships from Friesland
                            Crew Guns
Captain Belevelt             
Captain Wichelma            108  29
Captain Degelcam             77  28 
Captain Adriaen Bruijnsvelt 103  28   

Witte de With's journal, dating from 17 September 1652 has the same figures as these. Carl Stapel wondered if Captain "Belevelt" might be some corruption of Joost Bulter's name, although I am less sure. The other ships are the Frisia, possibly the Gelderland, and the Breda.

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