Friday, February 25, 2005

English Captain: Sir John Wetwang

Sir John Wetwang served in the Restoration navy. In 1665, he commanded the 5th Rate Norwich. He took part in the attack on Bergen on 2 August 1665. In 1666, he commanded the Tiger. At the time of the Four Days Battle, he was at Plymouth in the Tiger. He fought in the St. James's Day Battle on 25 July 1666, where he was assigned to Robert Holmes' division. In 1668, he commanded the Dunkirk and then the Edgar. In 1672, he was again given command of the Edgar (70 guns). He fought in the Battle of Solebay in the Edgar, where he was assigned to the Earl of Sandwich's division. In August 1672, he was assigned to Sir Edward Spragge's division. Later in 1672, he was in the Warspite. In 1673, he was in the 2nd Rate Henry, then the 1st Rate Sovereign in July as Prince Rupert's flag captain. He was given command of the Newcastle on 10 November 1673. In January 1678, he commanded the Monmouth. On 28 March 1678, he was given the 1st Rate Royal James. On 21 June 1679, he was given command of the Northumberland. On 21 October 1679, he was given command of the Woolwich. He was knighted on 20 November 1680. He died in 1684. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. Julian S. Corbett, “A Note on the Drawings in the Possession of The Earl of Dartmouth Illustrating The Battle of Solebay May 28, 1672 and The Battleof the Texel August 11, 1673”, 1908.
  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  4. David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the RoyalNavy 1660-1815, 1994.
  5. J.R. Tanner, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Naval Manuscripts in thePepysian Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vol.I, 1903.

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