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The Elswoud was part of the Dutch squad in the British-Dutch fleet during the Battle of Beachy Head (10 July 1690). The Dutch squad formed the vanguard and took the heaviest blows during the battle. The Elswoud was heavily damaged and her captain, Adriaan Noortheij, died in the fighting. The Elswoud and three other Dutch ships (Maagd van Enkhuizen, Tholen and Noord Holland) retreated to the English coast near Hastings to repair but they ran into the French division of the Marquis de Vilette-Mursey. To avoid being captured, the ships were beached and two of them, including the Elswoud, were set on fire by their crew son 13 July 1690. The crew of the Elswoud managed to escape to land.

Historicair 21:43, 7 October 2007 (UTC) / CC BY-SA


The route of the French fleet and the location of the battle.

Gravure van de Zeeslag bij Beachy Head, 1690, Rijksmuseum RP-P-OB-82.707


Engraving of the Battle, Rijksmuseum RP-P-OB-82.707


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