Saturday, February 26, 2005

English Captain: William Poole

William Poole (Senior) served in the Restoration navy. In 1660, he commanded the 6th Rate Martin. In 1661, he commanded the Charity. In 1663, he commanded the Advice, and then in According to Thomas Allin's journal, William Poole was captain of the 2nd Rate London in 1664, and acted as senior officer of the fleet, when Admirals Teddiman and Allin were absent. 1665, he was reappointed to command the Advice (40 guns). He fought at the Battle of Lowestoft, where he was assigned to Rear-Admiral Robert Sansum's division. Somewhat later in 1665, he was said to have commanded the 2nd Rate St. George, but Frank Fox has him still in the Advice in June 1666, in the Thames, repairing, during the Four Days Battle. In 1666, he commanded the 3rd Rate Mary. He fought in the St. James's Day Battle in the Mary (58 guns), where he was assigned to Sir Jeremy Smith's division. In 1667, he commanded the Crown. In 1669, he was appointed to command the Jersey. In 1672, he was appointed to command the Plymouth, and then the St. David. On 27 February 1676, the King appointed him to command the Leopard. On 11 September 1678, the King appointed him captain of the Happy Return. Then, on 21 June 1685, the King appointed him captain of the Samuel and Mary. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, The Journals of Sir Thomas Allin, Vol.I 1660-1666, 1939.
  2. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996
  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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