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Cornelis Evertsen, de Oude

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Vlissingen, Nederland
Death: June 11, 1666 (55) (Dood bij zeeslag tegen de Engelsen)
Place of Burial: Middelburg, Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of Johan Evertsen, de Kapitein and Maayken Jans
Husband of Johanna Gorcoms and Johanna Ita
Father of Cornelis Evertsen, de Jongste; Evert Evertsen; Carel Evertsen; Herman Evertsen and Geleyn Evertsen, admiraal
Brother of Johan Evertsen, de oudere; Evert Evertsen; Pieter Evertsen and Geleyn Evertsen

Occupation: Vlootvoogd, Luitenant-Admiraal van Zeeland
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About Cornelis Evertsen, de Oude

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  • Hij was de jongste zoon van Johan de Kapitein. Hij trad in 1626 officieel in zeedienst en werd, na enige jaren de kaapvaart te hebben beoefend, in 1636 kapitein. Hij nam deel aan de Slag bij Duins in 1639, waarbij hij een galjoen overmeesterde, en aan de meeste krijgsverrichtingen van de Eerste Engels-Nederlandse Oorlog (als commandeur en als tijdelijk vice-admiraal; zie Engels-Nederlandse Oorlogen). In de Slag bij Ter Heijde (1653) werd zijn schip tot zinken gebracht, waarna hijzelf drie maanden in Engelse krijgsgevangenschap vertoefde. Toen Michiel de Ruyter in 1659 tijdens de Noordse Oorlog (1655–1660; zie Noordse Oorlogen) op Funen tegen de Zweden opereerde, was Cornelis Evertsen diens onderbevelhebber en hij onderscheidde zich bij de verovering van de stad Nyborg. Van de zomer van 1661 tot jan. 1663 was hij Derde Persoon op de vloot van De Ruyter in de Middellandse Zee en bij het dreigen van de Tweede Engels-Nederlandse Oorlog (1665–1667) werd hij benoemd tot vice-admiraal van Zeeland (dec. 1664). Na de Zeeslag bij Lowestoft (1665) werd hij luitenant-admiraal in de plaats van zijn broer Johan. Op de eerste dag van de Vierdaagse Zeeslag sneuvelde hij.


Cornelis Evertsen the Elder ( Flushing 4 August 1610 - 11 June 1666 ) was a Dutch admiral from the seventeenth century . Cornelis (aka Kees) Evertsen was the youngest son and tenth child of Commander Evertsen (the son of the Watergeus Evert Heindricxzen which we now know as Johan de Kapitein (John the Captain) and Maayken Jans (Maayken daughter of Jan (John). The heroic death of his father in 1617 were all his sons by the Admiralty of Zeeland appointed to the rank of lieutenant, even the young Keesje. In 1622 he went on the ship of his brother John. In 1626 he went into actual naval service at the Admiralty. In 1628 he had the position of captain (highest non-commissioned officer) under his brother. In 1635 he left out of dissatisfaction with the mismanagement by Lieutenant-Admiral Philips van Dorp the Navy as a privateer (then an honorable profession) to work, but on 25 August 1636 he accepted again, through the intercession of his brother, an appointment as captain of a frigate . He fought under Joost van Stairs Banckert and lost twice in those years his ship through a storm. In the Battle of the Downs in 1639 he boarded a galleon . In 1640 he married Johanna Gorum (1615-1657). In the years to 1646 he held the typical standard tasks of the Navy at that time: the convoy to ships and blocking the Dunkirk pirates .

After the death of Banckert in 1647, he served as de facto commander , from 1 May 1652 during the First Anglo-Dutch War , this was formalized in the temporary rank of rear admiral . He fought in the Battle of Dover , the Battle of the webbing , the Three Days Battle and the Battle of Nieuwpoort . In the final Battle of Ter Heijde ( 1653 ) sank his ship and himself, severely wounded, was taken prisoner for three months, until December imprisoned in London . On 14 March 1654 , he was determined to rear admiral appointed. In 1659 , during the Fourth Northern War , Kees Evertsen was second in command under Michiel de Ruyter and recaptured Nyborg on the Swedes. Until June 1660 he remained in the Baltic Sea. From mid 1661 to January 1663 he was Third Person (third in command hierarchy) under De Ruyter in the Mediterranean Fleet during his actions against Tunis and Algiers . Kees Evertsen was a friend of De Ruyter.

In the run up to the Second Anglo-Dutch War , he was on 16 december 1664 was appointed vice admiral in the Admiralty of Zeeland. After the Battle of Lowestoft , where he was on the Flushing was the commander of the sixth squadron, he was on 15 July 1665 Admiral and took command of the Zealand fleet over from his older brother Johan Evertsen in public opinion wrongly blamed for that defeat. Both brothers now had the same rank. In the summer of 1665 he even served briefly as acting commander of 's Lands Fleet, the first time that a Zealander who honor. When De Ruyter was commander, Kees was the third in command, after Cornelis Tromp . On 11 June 1666, the first day of the Four Days Battle , he was killed on the Walcheren, the ship of his son and therefore vlaggekapitein Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest . He attacked the Henry and launched the ship ablaze with a burner and when he Rear-Admiral John Harman offered to surrender, refused, extinguished the fire and escaped with a last salvo fired was that Admiral Evertsen half lap.

Eventually, Kees and his brother John in a common tomb, that after years of argument between the family and the Admiralty came in the Oude Kerk in Middelburg buried. In 1816 the tomb was transferred to the New Church , where it is still visible. He left after 45,000 guilders. Kees had fourteen children from his first marriage and remarried in 1659 to the daughter of a vice admiral of the WIC , with whom he once had two children. Among the children who would reach adulthood (five died young) had four sons: John (1641), Cornelis (1642), Evert (1644) and Geleyn (1655). All four went to sea, Jan died in 1659 as a boat boy, Cornelis and Geleyn Evertsen Admiral would also be like their father, Evert became captain. All Evertsen of this branch were known for their stubborn and irascible character; Kees himself was also a modest and simple man, appreciated by his fellow officers and loved by its crews.

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Cornelis Evertsen, de Oude's Timeline

July 1, 1610
November 16, 1642
Age 32
Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands
Age 33
May 20, 1646
Age 35
January 22, 1655
Age 44
Flushing, Vlissingen, Zeeland, The Netherlands
October 28, 1657
Age 47
June 11, 1666
Age 55
Middelburg, Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands