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One of four wrecked ships that belonged to the WIC fleet of admiral Cornelis 'Wooden Leg' Jol. When a hurricane raged through the area, the ship went down with all its cannons, taking with it the lives of 100 men. Only 22 crew members made it to shore alive, where they were immediately arrested by the Spanish.

Admiral Jol himself remained unharmed as he was on board a different ship. Jol was commissioned by the WIC to conquer the Spanish silver fleet bound for Havanna. Much throughout the 1630s, Jol chased down many Spanish ships whilst hoping to catch the biggest prize: the Silver Fleet. While he never managed to conquer the Silver Fleet, his efforts would for many years remain to instill fear into the hearts and minds of the Spanish inhabitants of Cuba.

Description

Type: Urca 

Tonnage: 400 tonnes

Complement: 122

Armament: 19 pieces (6 bronze)

Status

Reconnaissance.

References

  • Reference: ARCHIVO GENERAL DE INDIAS. AUDIENCIA DE SANTO DOMINGO. Legajo: 101. No.: 143B. Fecha: 11 de septiembre de 1640. I. Wright II, p.63..

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