Monday, February 21, 2005

English Captain: Thomas Page

Thomas Page served in the Restoration navy. In 1661, he was appointed to command the 5th Rate Nightingale. In 1664, he commanded the 5th Rate Pearl and then the Newcastle (48 guns). He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he was assigned to Christopher Myngs' division. He was assigned to John Coppin's division at the Four Days Battle, still in the Newcastle, now carrying 50 guns. He was wounded in the battle. Later in 1666, he commanded the Breda. In 1667, he was appointed to command the Dutch prize West Friesland. In 1668, he commanded the Falcon. For whatever reason, after that, he was a lieutenant on the Foresight. In 1669, he was back in command of the Pearl. In 1672, he commanded the Wivenhoe pink and boats at Sheerness DY. In 1673, he commanded the Francis. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. 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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