Wednesday, May 25, 2005

English Captain: Henry Clarke

In 1665, Henry Clarke was lieutenant on the Dutch prize Young Prince. Later in 1665, he was lieutenant of the 4th Rate Hampshire. Frank Fox tells the story about how Henry Clarke, the Hampshire's lieutenant, arrived bringing word of Prince Rupert, and how he didn't know that the Four Days Battle was underway. In 1666, Prince Rupert and the Duke of Albemarle appointed him as lieutenant on the 2nd Rate Henry. He then was appointed as captain of the John and Thomas. In 1669, he was captain of the Holmes. In 1662, he was appointed as captain of the 5th Rate Nightingale. Later in 1672, he became captain of the Yarmouth. Finally, in 1673, Prince Rupert appointed him as captain of the 3rd Rate York. 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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