Wednesday, February 23, 2005

English Captain: Jeffrey Dare

Jeffrey Dare served in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies. In 1653, he commanded the hired merchantman Prosperous (42 guns). He was in Robert Blake's squadron which arrived late at the Battle of the Gabbard. He probably fought at the Battle of Scheveninge, as well. From 1653 to 1654, he commanded the hired merchantman Mary Rose. In 1654, he commanded the Dutch prize Tulip. From 1655 to 1657, he commanded the Dutch prize Bear. In 1660, he commanded the Great Gift. In 1666, he commanded the House de Swedes, and was killed in action at the Four Days Battle in June 1666. 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. J.R. Tanner, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Naval Manuscripts in the Pepysian Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vol.I, 1903.

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