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Flagship of the Dutch  Republic, from ca. 1635-1647. It was the biggest men of war of the Dutch republic in 1635.

The Aemilia was the famous 17th-century flagship of Lieutenant Admiral Philip van Dorp. From 1637 the Aemilia was the flagship of Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp during the destruction of the Second Spanish Armada by the Dutch fleet during the naval battle at Duins (October 31, 1639).  In 1647 the ship was sold to the French. It was used in the war between Spain and France in the Mediterranean.

Aemilia Reinier_Nooms_1639

The Aemilia was last mentioned in a news report in the Dutch Courant Mercury in June 1651, when it was captured by two Spanish warships in the Mediterranean in the service of French freebooters and brought to Naples. There the the Aemilia spent its last days chained in the harbour.


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