Wittert was appointed as vice-admiral (on the Middelburg) an expedition of 13 ships, that set sail towards East India on 22 December 1607, under command of Admiral Pieter Willemsz Verhoeff. When Verhoeff died Wittert became admiral.
First Dutch-Spanish battle at Manila 1610
Wittert besieged Manila for five months, beginning in 1609. However, on April 24 or April 25, 1610, while supervising the unloading of junks, Wittert was surprised by at least 12 Spanish ships. His flagship, the Amsterdam, was captured after a lengthy fight, and the admiral was killed.
Two ships apparently escaped, but the Spanish killed at least 85 Dutch and took 120 or more prisoners.
Type: man of war
Owner: Bought by DEIC chamber Zeeland from the Amsterdam Old Eastindia Company 21.000 carolusguldens, 1607
Armament: 52, 4 x bronze 24 pds, 4 x bronze 18 pond, 14 x iron 9 pds, 4 x iron 3½ pond, 2 small gotelingen for the chaloupes.
12 stone morters
|Tonnage||700 ton (350 last)|
- Pieter van Dam (1703).
Pieter van Dam's Beschrijvinge van de Oostindische Compagnie 1639-1701. Deel 1.2 GS.68, p. 507.
- Sloos, D.A. (1898).
De Nederlanders in de Philippijnsche wateren vóór 1826 p. 24.
De Wit Amsterdam.
- Wittert vn Hoogland, E.B.F.F. (1938).
Admiraal Francois Witters 1571-1610.