Tuesday, February 15, 2005

English Captain: William Hill, after the Restoration

Andrew noticed that William Hill had served in the Restoration navy. In 1661, he was appointed by the King to command the Dutch prize Augustine. In 1663, he was appointed to command the Dutch prize Elias. In 1664, he was appointed to command the 5th Rate prize Coventry. In May 1665, the Coventry was at Portsmouth, and did not participate in the Battle of Lowestoft. In June 1666, he was on a convoy to Barbadoes at the time of the Four Days Battle. He was at Barbadoes on 25 July 1666, when the St. James's Day Battle was fought. 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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