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HMS Halstarr (1807)
Capture of Curacoa.jpg
The capture of Curaçao, depicted by Thomas Whitcombe
Career (Batavian Republic) Batavian Navy Ensign
Name: Kenau Hasselaar
Builder: P. Glavimans, Rotterdam
Launched: 1800
Captured: 1 January 1807
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Halstarr
Acquired: 1 January 1807 by capture
Fate: Broken up 1809
General characteristics
Type: brig
Tonnage: 850 (bm; est.)[1]
Length: 145' (Amsterdam feet)[Note 1]
Beam: 40'
Depth of hold: 15'
Propulsion: Sails
Armament: 32 guns

HMS Halstarr was the Dutch frigate Kenau Hasselar (or Kenau Hasselaar), launched in 1800 and captured by the British at Curaçao in 1807.[Note 2] She was taken into the Royal Navy but was broken up in 1809.

Dutch career[edit | edit source]

Early in 1802, Kenau Hasselar, under the command of Captain Cornelius (or Cornelis) Hubertus Buschman, was assigned to the East Indies and Cape of Good Hope division of the Navy. After the end of the French Revolutionary Wars, the British ceded the Dutch colonies they had captured in the West Indies to the Batavian Republic. On August 1802, , Buschman and Kenau Hasselar took a small squadron that also included the frigate Proserpina, the corvette Hippomenes, the cutter Rose, and the schooner Serpent, to take possession of Curaçao.[2][Note 3] Kenau Hasellar and Rose arrived at St Anna Bay on 22 December. The other vessels in the squadron sailed to other destinations.[Note 4] Shortly after Kenau Hasellar arrived at Curaçao, an outbreak of yellow fever swept through her that killed Buchman in February 1803, and many of her crew.[2]

On 24 April 1805, HMS Franchise was off Curaçao when she sighted a schooner that anchored under the guns of the fort of Port Maria. Franchise sailed in fired the fort and on the schooner before she could cut her out. The schooner turned out to be a tender to Kenau Hasselar. The schooner had a crew of a lieutenant and 35 men, but a number escaped ashore, leaving behind 24 of their wounded compatriots, as well as the surgeon and the lieutenant. Franchise had one man seriously wounded and two men slightly wounded.[3] The schooner was carrying lumber and rice.[4]

Capture, British service, & Fate[edit | edit source]

On 1 January 1807 Arethusa, Latona, Anson, Fisgard, and Morne Fortunee captured Curaçao, and with it the Kenau Hasselar and the former British sloop Suriname.[5] The Dutch naval forces, under the command of Commandant Cornelius J. Evertz of Kenau Hasselar, resisted. Aboard Kenau Hasselar five men were killed, including Evertz, and one man was wounded. In 1847 the Admiralty authorized the issue of the Naval General Service Medal with clasp “Curacoa 1 Jany. 1807” to any surviving claimants from the action;[6] 65 medals were issued.

The British commissioned Kenau Hasselar as Halstarr at Jamaica under Captain John Parrish.[1] She was broken up in 1809.[1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. All linear measurements are in Amsterdam feet (voet) of 11 Amsterdam inches (duim) (see Dutch units of measurement). The Amsterdam foot is about 8% shorter than an English foot. The data is from the Rotterdams jaarboekje (1900), p. 110.
  2. Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer was a Dutch 16th Century heroine during the Siege of Haarlem..
  3. For a map of Kenau Hasselar's recorded positions on the voyage see: [1] Map of recorded positions.
  4. For instance, in the summer of 1803 Hippomenes was acting as a guard ship at Fort Stabroek, Demerara, where the British captured her and took er into service under her existing name. In 1804 the British captured Proserpine at Suriname and took her into service as HMS Amsterdam.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Hartog, Johannes (1968) Curaçao, from colonial dependence to autonomy. (Aruba: De Wit).
  • Rotterdams jaarboekje (1900). Historisch Genootschap Roterodamum. (W. L. & J. Brusse).
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1. 

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