Wednesday, October 26, 2005

English Captain: Bernard Gilpin

Bernard Gilpin served in the Restoration navy after having previously served in the Commonwealth navy. From 1658 until 1660, he commanded the 4th Rate Nantwich (renamed Breda on the Restoration). He continued in command of the Breda after the Restoration. In 1662, he commanded the Dutch prize Mathias (ex-Amsterdam Directors' ship Sint Matheeus). In late June, he was employed as a convoyer to the Mediterranean Sea. In 1663, he was appointed to command the Hector. In 1664, he was appointed as captain of the Kent. In June 1664, he was in the Downs and occasionally encountered Sir Thomas Allin. He was moved to the Dreadnought. We know that in July 1664, he commanded the Dreadnought. He drowned in April 1665. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, The Journals of Sir Thomas Allin, Vol.I 1660-1666, 1939.
  2. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.
  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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