Tuesday, February 15, 2005

English Captain: Edward Witheridge

Edward Witheridge served in the Commonwealth navy. From 1651 to 1652, he commanded the hired merchantman Success (30 guns). He fought at the Battle of Plymouth, under the command of Sir George Ayscue. From 1652 to 1653, he commanded the Dutch prize Princess Maria. In 1653, he commanded the Dutch prize Middelburg. From 1653 to 1655, he commanded the 4th Rate Kentish. He set sail with Blake from Plymouth, bound for the Mediterranean Sea, in October 1654. In February 1655, he was with the blockading fleet at Tunis. In April, he took part in the attack at Porto Farina. In September, he was with the ships dispatched to England. In 1659, he commanded the Plymouth. 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. Michael Baumber, General-at-Sea, 1989.

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