The Language of the Dutch Admirals in the Seventeenth Century

By Alfred C. Dewar R.N., published May 1932


Dewar examined Dutch transcripts of the Letters and Papers relating to the First Dutch War to ascertain the maritime phraseology of the time. He was struck by the number of words derived from French and English, for example attaqueeren (attack) and equipeeren (to equip). Whether they were in common usage in Holland, or peculiar to seafarers, was not established and needs further work. Dewar also challenges a number of translations from the letters, especially in relation to technical terms and maritime geography and concludes by providing an extensive list of Dutch names and their translations.

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Filed under: English Channel | Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Navies

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