Tuesday, September 20, 2005

English Captain: John Dawson

John Dawson served in the Reformation navy. In 1666, he was a lieutenant on the Defiance. In 1670, he was appointed captain of the fireship True Love. In 1672, he was appointed first lieutenant of the St. Michael. In 1673, he was second lieutenant of the St. Michael. Later in 1673, Prince Rupert appointed him captain of the Advice. This happened on July 1st, 1673, after captains had been courtmartialed. He died about 1675. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, 1994.
  3. 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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