Monday, February 07, 2005

English Captain: Thomas Vallis

Thomas Vallis served in the Commonwealth navy. From 1650 to 1651, he commanded the 6th Rate Nicodemus. From 1651 to 1654, he commanded the old 4th Rate Expedition (32 guns and a crew of 140 men). He fought in the Battle of the Gabbard, where he was assigned to Lionel Lane's division. We can presume that he also fought at the Battle of Scheveningen. He and his ship were in the active list for September 1653. In December 1653, his ship was with those lying at Chatham. From 1654 to 1655, he commanded the new 4th Rate Taunton. 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. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol. VI, 1930.

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