Monday, May 16, 2005

English Captain: John Shelley

John Shelley served in the Restoration navy and beyond. He was appointed lieutenant of the 4th Rate Assistance in 1664. He was promoted to captain of the fireship Albemarle in 1667. In 1668, he was appointed to command the Truelove. In 1669, he was moved to the Dutch prize Welcome. In 1670, he commanded the 5th Rate Milford. In 1672, he was First Lieutenant of the 1st Rate London (100 guns) and fought at the Battle of Solebay. Later in 1672, he became 2nd Captain of the 3rd Rate Monmouth. Later still in 1672, he was appointed as captain of the 4th Rate Portland. In 1673, he commanded the 4th Rate Diamond. On 12 April 1678, Pepys wrote that he was appointed as captain of the hired ship Europa (not the Dutch prize from 1673?). On 12 September 1688, he was appointed as captain of the fireship Cygnet. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  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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