Wednesday, December 29, 2004

English Captain: Edmund Curtis

Edmund Curtis served in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies. From 1650 to 1651, he commanded the Hector (22 guns) , a Royalist prize. From 1651 to 1653, he commanded the 4th Rate Guinea (34 guns) (the "Guinea frigate"). He fought at the Battle of the Kentish Knock. In early 1653, he fought at the Battle of Portland. At the Battle of the Gabbard, he was in Samuell Howett's division. He also fought in the Battle of Scheveningen. In September 1653, he still commanded the Guinea. From later in 1653 to 1654, he commanded the 4th Rate Ruby. By December 1653, he was in command of the Ruby (44 guns). From1656 to 1660, he commanded the 4th Rate Newcastle. At the Restoration, he continued in command of the Newcastle. Andrew says that he was sent to the Mediterranean as part of a squadron of four ships to convoy merchant ships. I have not been able to find any other information about further service. Andrew says that he died sometime prior to 1688. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, "English Fleet-Lists in the First Dutch War," The Mariner's Mirror, Vol.XXIV No.4, October 1938.
  2. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.
  3. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol. VI, 1930.

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