Tuesday, October 18, 2005

English Captain: George Colt

George Colt served in the Restoration navy. In 1663, the Duke of York appointed him as lieutenant of the Guinea frigate. In 1665, he was lieutenant of the Newcastle. In 1666, the Duke of York appointed him as captain of the Richard and Martha. He commanded the Richard and Martha from 16 June 1666 until 8 November 1666. He fought in the St. James's Day Battle, where the Richard and Martha had 10 killed and 32 wounded. In 1667, he commanded the Jacob fireship. In 1673, the Duke of York appointed him to command the new sloop Hunter. In 1674, the King appointed him captain of the Vulture sloop. He drowned in 1675. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, "Hired Men-of-War, 1664-7", Part II, The Mariner's Mirror Vol.84 No.2 (May 1998).
  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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