Thursday, February 03, 2005

English Captain: Thomas Large

Thomas Large served in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies. From 1656 to 1660, he commanded the 6th Rate Lark (10 guns). The Lark was probably a Royalist prize. Upon the Restoration, King Charles II appointed to continue commanding the Lark. In one more general ship list in Tanner, the Lark is shown as a 6th Rate of 10 guns with a crew of 40 men. I see that the Lark was "sold as useless" in October 1663. The Lark (or Larke) was 52ft x 17ft-6in x 8ft-8in. Her navigational draft was about 8ft-10in. The more detailed list gives the armament as only 8 guns. The Lark was Thomas Large's only command in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.
  2. R. C. Anderson, Lists of Men-of-War 1650-1700: Part I English Ships 1649-1702, 1966.
  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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