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The Capture of the Schiedam Prize, 1683

Posted by Anthony Randall, on September 13th, 2022

Abstract

This post presents a short extract from the log of the James Galley, part of Charles II’s fleet tasked with suppressing the activities of Sallee and Barbary pirates in the 1680s. The log is held in the collections of the National Archives, ADM 51/489. On 10 August 1683, the James Galley,[1] commanded by Captain Cloudesley Shovell[2], gave chase to and successfully captured a Dutch flyboat of about 400 tons. The lone Dutchman still aboard the flyboat with the crew of Moors revealed that, just ten days previously, his ship the Groette Scherdam van Hoorn had been attacked and captured by Sallee pirates and was now en route to Salé on the Atlantic coast. The Groette Scherdam van Hoorn had left the vicinity of Hoorn in the Netherlands in May to deliver cables, anchors and other tackle to the North coast of Spain, also loading timber destined for Cadiz, at Ribadus. 

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