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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


Built: Amsterdam, ca 1627

Armament: 40

Complement: 100


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.


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

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