Friday, September 30, 2005

English Captain: Thomas Harman

Thomas Harman served in the Restoration navy. In 1671, Thomas Harman served as Lieutenant on the Adventure. In 1672, he was appointed as captain of the Tiger. In August, he was with the fleet, where he was assigned to Richard Beach's division in the Blue Squadron. On 22 February 1674, he fought an action with the Dutch frigate Schakerloo, commanded by Passchier de Witte. Thomas Harman took the Schakerloo (28 guns), and was wounded in the fight. On 12 June 1675, the King appointed him as captain of the Sapphire. In August 1677, he had taken an Algerian warship, the Date Tree. He attacked another, the Golden Horse (46 guns), but the Sapphire lost its mainmast and he was killed on 10 September 1677. Sources:
  1. William Laird Clowes, The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol.II, 1898.
  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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