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History

On the 30th of August 1638, there was a sea battle between a part of the Spanish Tierra Firme fleet under  the command of Carlos de Ibarra and a WIC fleet under command of Admiral Cornelis Jol. The sea battle was fought near the west coast of Cuba, Organos.

The Faem was vice admiral ship. In the battle Vice Admiral Roosendael had managed to come alongside the Spanish galleon San Marcos and cling to it, but he died during this fight. The San Marcos managed to get loose and headed for Jol who on his ship the Salamander attacked the Spanish admiral. Also the rear admiral Jan Mast's action against the Carmen was repulsed. The fight is vividly described by the captain of the Carmen, Urdanivia.*  The Schout at Night Jan Mast also fell during this fight.

* Wright 1934 II. 45

Description

Type: frigate

Built: Amsterdam, ca 1627

WIC  chamber Amsterdam

Armament: 40

Complement: 100

Status

In 1639 a list of ships was compiled that described the status of the WIC ships in Brasil. The Faem was old and battered. She was not operational at the time. 

References

  • NA, Den Haag, OWIC, 1.05.01.01, 57. 185.
  • Lijst van schepen en jachten te Brazilië. [1639]
  • De Laet, Korte verhaal

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