Tuesday, May 03, 2005

English Captain: John Bowrey (or Bowry)

John Bowrey (Bowry) served in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies. In 1653, he commanded the Hunter fireship. While the captain was not named, he probably fought in the Battle of the Gabbard, where the Hunter was assigned to John Lawson's division. The Hunter was definitely sunk at the Battle of Scheveningen. There is a passage in The First Dutch War that confirms that was the case. In 1655, he commanded the Eaglett ketch.From 1656 to 1660, he commanded the 6th Rate Drake. After the Restoration, he was continued in command of the Drake. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.

  2. R. C. Anderson, Lists of Men-of-War 1650-1700: Part I English Ships 1649-1702, 1966.

  3. C.T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.V, 1912.

  4. 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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