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Laurens Heemskerk commanded Klein Hollandia in 1659-1660 during naval operations in the Sound and the Baltic.
The Klein Hollandia was involved in all major battles in the second Dutch-Anglo war.

English surprise attack
The Klein Hollandia was an old ship when it was sent out in 1672 in the squadron of Admiral de Haese to escort the Smyrna fleet before sailing into the English Channel.
At the Isle of Wight the squadron was attacked by an English squadron under Admiral Holmes (12-15 ships).

A fierce battle broke out on the 2nd day, March 23, the Klein Hollandia was damaged severely. Commander Jan Van Nes was killed in action. The ship was boarded and conquered. But shortly thereafter the Klein Hollandia sank with friend and foe alike.

This provocative and well sustained action by a small squadron under Sir Robert Holmes and Sir Frescheville Holles against the Dutch Smyna convoy returning from the Mediterranean launched the Third Dutch War.


Built: admiralty yard, Rotterdam , 1654-56
Dimensions: 133,5/6 x 32 2/5 x 13 1/4 ft. (Rotterdam feet)

MasterNes, J. Jzn
People on board264
Length134 feet (40.8 m)
Width32 feet (9.8 m)
Draft13 feet (4 m)


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