Thursday, January 20, 2005

English Captain: Richard Pittock

Richard Pittock served in the Commonwealth navy and commanded many small vessels. In 1649, he commanded the Galliot hoy. From 1650 to 1653, he commanded the Hare ketch (12 guns and a crew of 30 men). He is listed in September 1653, as still being in command. In 1654, he commanded the 5th Rate Swan (22 guns). In 1656, he commanded the Cat pink. From 1657 to 1660, he commanded the Swallow pink. The same vessel could be rigged as a pink, a ketch, or shallop. The often had a round stern in the early 1650's. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.
  2. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol. VI, 1930.

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