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About King Solomon

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Proper Dutch name was "Koning Salomon". The ship and the sinking thereof was mentioned in the "Vaderlandsche Historie" by 18th century historian Jan Wagenaar (, available in Google Books:
The Dutch government were aware that Charles II wanted to attack the Dutch Smyrna fleet, through information from ambassador Van Gogh, seven days before the attack. It came too late to act upon it though. The fleet, defended by three Dutch warships, was attacked by seven English warships under Allen. The commander of the three, Pieter van Brakel, was killed early on in the fight. Only two merchantmen were taken by Allen. The Koning Salomon, commanded by Jan Roelofszoon, defended itself alone against four English warships but was badly damaged and sunk after being boarded. The captain escaped in the life boat.