Tale of Lore: The Dutch sea captain who saved the King of England

UPDATE: Much progress was made after this post. Read about it here.

Louise Kool (n. Lopes-Cardozo)

Louise “Loes” Kool (n. Lopes-Cardozo) with her dogs. Our family has a rich history of dog lovers. Funny story, but when I first started looking into this tale of a sea captain saving the king of England, I was looking at notes scratched onto a sheet of paper by my mom a year ago or so and it seemed like she was trying to say the king had Labrador dogs, not that he had the land in Canada.

In looking into my family history, there’s a tale of a Dutch sea captain in the Lopes-Cardozo — possibly van Ameringen, etc. — line who saved a King of England from drowning. As a reward, the king, who owned Labrador, granted this ancestor land in the Labrador/Newfoundland area.

Once a Dutch sea captain, always a Dutch sea captain, though, because my ancestor never took him up on the offer.

When my great-grandmother Louise Lopes-Cardozo (who died just around when I was born) looked into it after moving to Canada following WWII, she traveled to the East Coast for a hearing, but the land had already been given away/reallocated and her claim was denied.

I’m working on tracking down some of the details, since all of this has reached me second-hand. I reached out to my great uncle and an elderly cousin, but they didn’t seem to know anything more. I also put the question out there on the British history sub-Reddit discussion board to see if anyone had any thoughts as to who the king could have been.

Redditors had four suggestions:

William III – This is my favorite suggestion because he was actually known for giving out land grants. According to one user, he “made land grants to Dutch supporters/officers which were subsequently revoked by parliament.”

James II – This one goes back pretty far, but also holds merit. According to one user, he “was an admiral during the Anglo-Dutch wars in the 1660s. …not sure how much actual service at sea he saw, but that was also the time Britain was establishing colonies in the Americas.”

William IV – He was in the navy during the Napoleonic wars.

George V – He was also in the navy during the Napoleonic wars.

Now, one respondent did point out that this could be taking the long way to finding the answer to my who, what, when, where questions, and that possibly I should be looking for individuals in my own ancestry, which is a good point.

I do recall a couple years ago seeing “sea captain” noted on the digital record of a wedding or a birth when I was first compiling my family history. And it was when I went down the Lopes-Cardozo rabbit hole. However, I don’t remember whose name I saw that next to, and I also feel like there’s probably more than one.

I’d love to hear other theories, recollections, or suggestions.

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2 comments on “Tale of Lore: The Dutch sea captain who saved the King of England

  1. According to records secured by the descendants of the De La Penha family in Canada and in London, King William the Third of Britain was saved from drowning in a shipwreck in 1695 by Joseph De La Penha, an Amsterdam Jewish merchant. In gratitude King William gave De La Penha hereditary tenure forever of Labrador. This grant was legalized in 1697 in a document signed at Het Loo Palace in Holland and renewed in 1732 and 1768, the descondants of the Do La Penha family claim.

    Read more: http://www.jta.org/1950/07/07/archive/descendants-of-portuguese-jewish-family-revive-claim-for-possession-of-labrador#ixzz3LiY2Hxth

    • Wow! Thank you so much Anje! This amazing. I’ve checked what I’ve built up of my family tree and I have a lot more work to do now, since I can’t trace a direct line to De La Penha. Have I mentioned you’re my favorite cousin? 🙂

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