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Privateers and Pirates

BO: Moïse Vauquelin

BO: De Veenboer

AA1 Cornelis Janszoon van de Velde
Privateer and captain of the ship Vlissingen in 1655. His nickname was "Dromcap". He attacked two Portuguese merchant ships in October 1655. Near the Isle of Fernando Noronha he managed to capture one of these ships. He met another Dutch privateer Bartholomeus de Jager at the Antillen in the Caribbean. He had also captured a ship. This ship was called the Consciencia. Part of the cargoe of this vessel (sugar) was transported on board the Portuguese vessel that van de Velde had captured. Another part was transported on board the ship the Salamander of the brothers Lampsins. After this they sailed for the Dutch Republic to sell the sugar.

BP: Daniël Verbaan
A Dutch privateer in the eighteenth century. He was born in Ter Heyde and was Captain on the Dappere patriot that was fitted out in the Hague. The ship left on 13 August 1781 with 14 cannons and 52 crewmen. The very next day they encountered a British man-of-war that carried 14 cannons and had 90 crewmen. After having been chased for several hours by the British ship, the Cameleon, a heavy battle ensued between both ships that lay virtually along side of eachother. After half an hour the Dappere Patriot exploded. None aboard the ship escaped death. Unclear remains whether the explosion was due to a direct hit in the gunpowder room, carelessness of the crew or the choice by Verbaan of a heroic death above being captured.

BQ Giovanni da Verrazano
Florentine buccaneer who, while in the service of the King of France in 1522, captured three Spanish vessels. Two of these vessels were laden with cargoe from Mexico. The cargoe of the third vessel included sugar, pearls and hides from the Island of Hispaniola.

BP: Jack Ward

BQ Jacob Willekens
Dutch privateer in the Seventeenth century. He was the commander in charge of the first privateering commission of the Dutch West Indies Company in 1623. This commission involved the capture of the capital of the Portuguese colonies of South America. That capital was San Salvador.

A8b: Frans Willemsen
Privateer sailing from Duinkerken. He had a letter of marque from Spain. In August 1600 he sailed as part of a fleet that attacked the Dutch fishing-fleet near the coast of Scotland. He ransomed 8 fishermen who were brought to Duinkerken.

A9: Cornelis Wittebol
Privateer with a letter of marque from Spain. In February 1622 he sailed from Duinkerken and attacked several herring-boats from Veere and the Maasmond-area. He sunk several boats, drowned some of the sailors and brought several of them to Duinkerken to be ransomed.

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