Tuesday, April 12, 2005

English Captain: James Terry

James Terry served in the Commonwealth navy. From 1653 to 1654, he commanded the Great Charity (36 guns and a crew of 130 men) (the captured Amsterdam Directors' ship Groote Liefde). The Great Charity had been taken at the Battle of Portland, on the last day. In the December 1653 list, the Great Charity is said to have 44 guns and a crew of 180 men. The Great Charity was lying at Portsmouth at that time. Later in 1654, he commanded the Jersey. In 1655, he commanded the captured VOC ship Indian (ex-Roos). He was with William Penn's fleet dispatched to the Caribbean. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.
  2. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol. VI, 1930.
  3. Michael Baumber, General-at-Sea, 1989.
  4. William Laird Clowes, The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol.II, 1898.

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