Monday, May 02, 2005

English Captain: Robert Werden

Andrew called him Robert Worden, but Pepys and R. C. Anderson called him Robert Werden, so I will, as well. That seems to be the correct spelling. Robert Werden served in the Restoration navy. In 1663, he was appointed as lieutenant of the 4th Rate Advice. In 1665, he was appointed as lieutenant of the Plymouth. Later in 1665, he was appointed as captain of the Dutch prize Slotheny (ex-Sloot Honingen). In 1666, he was appointed as captain of the 5th Rate Norwich. In 1669, he was captain of the hired ship William. In 1670, he became captain of the Falcon, a former 5th Rate upgraded to 4th Rate. In 1672, he commanded the Yarmouth (52 guns). He fought in the Battle of Solebay, where he was assigned to the Duke of York's division. In August 1672, he was with the fleet, assigned to John Narborough's division. In 1673, he commanded the 3rd Rate Henrietta. He fought in the first Schooneveld battle, where he was fatally wounded on 28 May 1673. Another valid spelling of his last name was Woerden, which looks rather Dutch. I can understand calling his last name Worden. He was on the North Station at the time of the Four Days' Battle. Frank Fox calls him "Robert Warden". On 25 July 1666, he and the Norwich were in the Thames area, in need of crew. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. Julian S. Corbett, “A Note on the Drawings in the Possession of The Earl of Dartmouth Illustrating The Battle of Solebay May 28, 1672 and The Battle of the Texel August 11, 1673”, 1908.
  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  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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