Tuesday, January 04, 2005

English Captain: William Badiley

William Badiley served in the Parliamentarian and Commonwealth navies. In 1646, he commanded the hired merchantman Anne (which R. C. Anderson said was in reserve). In the summer of 1646, the Anne was one of those ships that were to be docked and fitted out for sea, in case they were needed. In 1652, he commanded the Dolphin. He fought at the Battle of the Kentish Knock, and the Dolphin was one of the leading ships in Nehemiah Bourne's squadron. Michiel De Ruyter lead his squadron in to aggressively engage them. They came close to getting in trouble, but were rescued because the Dutch ships had trouble tacking, as they had suffered storm damage, and some Dutch captains avoided battle. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.
  2. Michael Baumber, General-at-Sea, 1989.
  3. J. R. Powell, The Navy in the English Civil War, 1962.

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