Sunday, May 01, 2005

English Captain: Thomas Wilkes

Thomas Wilkes served in the Commonwealth navy. From 1651 to 1652, he commanded the Elizabeth prize, an 8-gun 6th Rate. In 1653, he commanded the 5th Rate Swan (22 guns). He arrived at the Battle of the Gabbard on the second day with Robert Blake. From 1654 to 1655, he commanded the purchased 5th Rate Discovery (20 guns). From 1655 to 1660, he commanded the Portuguese prize Convertine. At the time of the Battle of Scheveningen, he was elsewhere, employed on convoy duty. 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. R. C. Anderson, Lists of Men-of-War 1650-1700: Part I English Ships 1649-1702, 1966.

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