Bosun's Mate: Cort Vermeer
Age = 32
Dutch born to a family of long time sailors, Cort is an experienced and skilled seaman. He knows the ship inside and out. Affable and good humored he plays the fiddle well and often entertains the crew with his music. He is far more approachable then Bosun Harper. Cort is a fair swordsman and a good shot with a pistol or musket. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
Carpenter: Ian McKenna
Age = 36
Ian is Scottish born, from the Western Isles. A big, strong man with booming voice and a hearty laugh. He is an expert carpenter and has been at sea for over fifteen years, having left his home to avoid the gallows for a brawl in which an English Tax Collector had his skull split. Ian favors a heavy hammer and a boarding axe in battle. He is a decent shot with a pistol and is competent with a musket. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
Carpenter's Mate: Thies de Vos
Age = 28
Thies is Dutch. Trained as a cabinet maker in his youth he ran away to sea after a quarrel with his Master. A superb carpenter, especially for detail work and carving. Thies is handy with a cutlass and a pistol. He can handle a musket but is not particularly skilled with one. Thies was killed by Spanish Cavalry on the beach in Florida during the treasure salvage of the Spanish Flota.
Cook: Joost Dree
Age = 31
is Dutch. His parents arranged for his apprenticeship as a cobbler,
but Joost hated the life and the Cobbler. He fled Amsterdam and
spent a few years working for a baker before signing on to a Fluyt
and learning the way of the sea.
Having spent a few years in New Amsterdam, between voyages, Joost picked up a preference for a 'Hawk' (Tomahawk) hand axe. He handles both pistols and muskets well. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
Vos is the oldest sailor aboard the Alida. No one, including Vos, knows exactly how old he is. Vos is literate, and sometimes reveals a surprising amount of education. He speaks Dutch, Spanish, French and some english. He plays the pipes and is a skilled and reliable helmsman, probably the best on the Alida. Though a long time topsailman, Vos does not go aloft much these days, unless there is an urgent need. He will, grudgingly, admit to “fifteen or twenty years at sea.” In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
Toma is in his early twenties. He has been a sailor aboard the Alida for four years now, having come aboard as a landsman. Toma is at best semi-literate. He can read the heading though and is a reliable helmsman and an expert topsailman. He speaks Dutch and a little Spanish and French. Toma is very handy with a knife and regularly wins money in throwing contests. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
Another long time sailor. Willem started his career as a boy aboard his family's fishing boat. After the boat was seized by the Spanish, Willem and his brothers signed onto various merchant ships. In his early forties Willem has been at sea most of his life. Willem can neither read or write. He favors a boarding pike in battle. He is probably the strongest man on the Alida (Ian McKenna the Carpenter and Harper O'Casek the Bosun would debate that) In ratings Willem is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
Claude is from Flanders, his French is
better then his Dutch. Claude is young, seventeen, and this is his
first extended sea voyage. (Amsterdam to Jamaica.) Quick on his feet
he has shown himself to be adept with a cutlass (though he has not
yet been in battle.) Somewhat light hearted and adventurous, Claude
is anxious to 'see some action.' (In ratings Claude is still
considered a Landman with less then a full year at sea.)
Emile is a French Hugenot who left La Rochelle to seek his fortune in a more hospitable environment. His Dutch is as good as his French and he also has a passable command of Spanish and Portuguese. Though he has only joined Alida's crew at the start of this voyage, he has been a sailor on other ships for the last six years. He is a good shot with a musket and favors a cutlass for hand to hand. A good topsailman he is also a reliable helmsman. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
A native of Cornwall, John has been a sailor for four years. John speaks Dutch, with a horrible accent, and unlike most sailors can read and write. He is competent with a musket but favors a boarding pike in hand to hand. John was trained in leatherwork and harness making before going to sea. Now he uses those skills to repair shoes and such and also to mend the sails and sheets. John is in his mid to late twenties. He is married with two children back in England. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea.
Piter was an Amsterdam street rat who, at the age of twelve, faced the prospect of prison or a life at sea. He is now nineteen and has grown to love the sea. He is not particularly adept at working the high rigging, but always lays in with a will when it comes to any job required. Piter speaks Dutch, German and some English. He is extremely fast with a knife or dirk and does well with a cutlass. He knows how to shoot but is at best a fair shot. In ratings Piter is an Able Seaman with more then two years at sea. Piter was killed when he took a musket ball in the chest, fired by a pirate in an attempt to overtake and board the Alida off the coast of Jamaica.
A Dutch farm boy who grew sick of the
plough. Lon ran away to sea when his sweetheart turned him down in
favor of a man with more prospect. Lon was not particularly well
educated, unable to read or write, spoke only Dutch. But he got
along well with animals. As befit his farming origins Lon handled an
axe with skill. In ratings he is an Able Seaman with more then two
years at sea. Lon was killed when he took a musket ball in the head,
fired by a pirate in an attempt to overtake and board the Alida off the coast of Jamaica.