1058188 | NETHERLANDS. Wilhelm Crul. (Admiral Willem of Holland and West Friesland, 1721-1781). 1781-Dated AR Medal. NGC MS63+. By Johann Georg Holtzhey. 45mm. WILH CRUL TOPARCHA BURGST . PRAEF . CLASS . HOLL . & W . F . (Wilhelm Crul, Lord of Burgst, Admiral of Holland and West Friesland). Bust of Admiral Crul in a short wig and uniform coat over armor / VI INFERIOR NON VIRTVTE. (Inferior in power not courage.)// 'PUGN . OCCUB . IV FEB . MDCCLXXXI.' (Fell fighting, 4 Feb. 1781) in exergue. Weeping allegorical figure of Mercury, a caduceus in his left hand, mourning at a monument; nine sparkling stars surmounting a mortuary urn, which is encircled by a laurel wreath. The urn rest on a plinth with a relief of a naval engagement; a trophy to left. Betts 581; van Loon 556.
Capture of St. Eustatia. Prooflike surfaces.
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The Capture of Sint Eustatius took place in February 1781 during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War when British army and naval forces seized the Dutch-owned Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius. The capture was controversial in Britain, as it was alleged that British General John Vaughan and Admiral George Rodney used the opportunity to enrich themselves, neglecting more important military duties.
Following Rodney's attack on several richly loaded Dutch merchant ships, Rear-Admiral Willem Crul lay dying and ordered his captain to lower their flag. Many of the Dutch crews were killed and Crul was taken back to St. Eustatius where he was buried with full honours. The island was subsequently taken by Dutch-allied French forces in late 1781, ending the British occupation. .