Translation:Epitaph of Jacob van Heemskerk
|HONORI ET ÆTERNITATI||
In honor and eternal fame.
|IACOBO AB HEEMSKERCK
|In honor of Jacob of Heemskerck from Amsterdam, a very brave man and serving well his motherland, who after several voyages to known and uncharted shores - two voyages to Novaya Zemlya beneath the Arctic Pole, and just as many towards the South Pole to East India – returned from there triumphantly with the best spoils in the year 1604.|
|Ultimately, placed in charge of a naval campaign against the Spanish, he attacked their mighty fleet with Herculean riskiness in the Herculean Strait and scattered and defeated [it] in the very sight of the fortress and city of Gibraltar on April the 24th 1607.|
|In that very place he died gloriously, fighting aggressively for his motherland. His soul enjoys heaven, his body rests here.|
|HAVE LECTOR FAMAMQUE VIRI AMA ET VIRTUTEM,
|Greetings, reader, rejoice in the reputation and bravery of this man, whose monument was thus placed for the benefit of the motherland by the illustrious and mighty States of the Federated Belgian Provinces.|
|VIXIT ANN[OS] XL, MENS[EM] I, DIES XII.
||He lived 40 years, one month and 12 days.|
|Heemskerck, die dwers door 'tys en tyser dorste streven,
Liet d'eer aen 'tland, hier t'lyf, voor Gibraltar het leven.
|Heemskerck, who dared to go through ice and iron,|
Left fame to his nation, his body here, his life in Gibraltar.