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Posted by Cy on Friday 23rd of November 2018 00:03
Interesting. I have the Saint Patrick being captured 5th Feb 1666/7 though.See her record on this site and the Zwanenburg of 1667. Given the state of Dutch archives though its entirely possible that the 1667 Zwanenburg and the 1672 version are one and the same.
Posted by Aaron R. Shields on Thursday 22nd of November 2018 23:29
This ship is actually the former English fourth rate Saint Patrick built in 1666 by Francis Bayle at Bristol. (102 feet and 621 tons, 33 feet 10 inch beam and a draft of 16 feet. She was armed with 48 gun - 20 24 pounders, 2 18 ponders, 22 9 pounders and 4 four pounders. Her first captain was Robert Saunders. She distinguished herself in action in August 1666 against 6 French privateers - sinking three of them and taking two others prizes while escorting the Virginia and Barbados plantation convoy. She was later taken in action by two Dutch caper (privateer) "fregat" ships, the Delft and Shackerloo in 1672 in a hard fought action where Saunders was killed trying to blow up the ship but only succeeded in destroying the focsle. She was rebuilt, refitted and commissioned into the service of the Zeeland admiralty in Flushing, and renamed Zwanenburg to replace a ship of the same name that had been destroyed by the English the same year. She was made part of a secret raiding fleet under Schout bij Nacht (Commodore) Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest(de Jongst) also known as "Kees the Devil". While she was the flagship and Evertsen was the highest commander aboard, his younger brother was actually the captain (Evert Evertsen Corneliszoon) and died of sickness in the Canaries later that same year. She was part of a seven ship squadron consisting of another captured English ship renamed Suriname, which attempted a raid on Saint Helena and seizing the English East India fleet. Failing to find the fleet she raided up the lesser Antilles and then joined forces with Jacob Bickes fleet to raid up New England destroying the forts and plantations of the Chesapeake Bay the English frigates guarding Hampton Roads, the seizure/destruction of the English/Virgina tobacco fleet, retaking New York, and the destruction of the New Foundland fisheries and fishing fleet. The most damaging raid into North America ever conducted by a foreign power. I am a member here. modernknight1 but don't know if I need to be signed in for this to post. Hopefully it saves. Just sharing the research going into my book. Pretty amazing stuff!