Saturday, October 08, 2005

English Captain: Henry Dawes

Henry Dawes served in the Restoration navy. The Duke of York appointed him as captain of the hired ship John and Thomas. He commanded her from 11 February 1665 until 8 June 1666. He fought in the Four Days' Battle, where the John and Thomas was assigned to Sir William Berkeley's division in the White Squadron. Prince Rupert and the Duke of Albemarle appointed him to command the Princess (52 guns) after the Four Days' Battle. He fought in St. James's Day Battle in the Princess, where the Princess was assigned to Sir Robert Holmes's division in the Red Squadron. He was killed in a fight with two Danish warships on 17 May 1667, "between Scan and Malshond". Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. Frank Fox, "Hired Men-of-War, 1664-7", Part II, The Mariner's Mirror Vol.84 No.2 (May 1998).
  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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