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CGS   Link to this

one of his nephews was captive of the Navy.

pg 238 captured early april.Young Capt. Evertson { [eldest son of Corneelaus , Vice Admiral of Zealand and nephew of John Admiral , a most valient person)

account pg 237.http://books.google.com/books?id=vDsIAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22John+Evelyn%22+diary&as_brr=1&hl=nl#PPA238,M1

dirk   Link to this

Johan Evertsen (1 Feb. 1600 — 5 August 1666)

From a family of sailors. Aged 17 he took over command "on the spot" when his father (Johan "The Captain" Evertsen Sr.) was killed in a sea battle near La Rochelle (France). Johan Jr. became a Captain in 1618, Commander in 1628, and spent most of his early navy carreer chasing the Dunquerque privateers.

He took part in the first Anglo-Dutch War, but fell in disgrace (politically) and lost his command in 1653. It would be 1659 before he commanded a ship again! Dec. 16 1664 he was promoted to Lt-Adm - the first ever of the Zeeland fleet.

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In the sea battle near Lowestoft (June 1665) he suffers heavy losses. This is due to the general confusion on the Dutch side - but on his return he is accused of cowardice, and almost lynched by a mob of angry widows (!!!).

Eventually his name is cleared, and he is rehabilitated. He'll spend most of the ramining year of his life doing for the Zeeland fleet more or less what Pepys is doing for the British (trying to make it better and more efficient). June 1666 he returns to active duty, but in the St James's Day Fight (4 August 1666 - according to the continental calendar) he's hit by a cannon ball and loses his leg. He dies the next day. His body is preserved, and buried in Middelburg (Holland) on 9 Sept (continental calendar again).

source: Dutch Wikipedia
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Evertsen

Bill   Link to this

See the Encyclopedia entry for Capt. John Harman http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/8721/ for an account of his death.

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