Monday, April 25, 2005

English Captain: John Humphreys (or Humphrey)

John Humphreys served in the Commonwealth navy. In 1652, he commanded the hired merchantman Friendship. From 1652 to 1654, he commanded the 5th Rate Nightingale. He fought in the Battle of the Kentish Knock in the Nightingale (22 guns). In early 1653, he fought in the Battle of Portland, where the Nightingale carried 26 guns. In December 1653, he was operating on the coast of Ireland with 6 other ships. 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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