Monday, April 04, 2005

English Captain: Leonard Harris

Leonard Harris served in the Parliamentarian and Commonwealth navies. In 1642, he commanded the hired merchantman Paragon. In 1648, he commanded the 3rd Rate Swallow, which went over to the Royalists. From 1653 to 1654, he commanded the Little Charity. That was apparently after the Battle of Scheveningen, as a different captain commanded the Little Charity at that battle (William Whitehorne). William Laird Clowes lists the ship as being the Great Charity (36 guns and a crew of 150 men), and places him with William Penn's expedition to the West Indies that sailed on Christmas Day of 1654. 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. William Laird Clowes, The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol.II, 1898.

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