Friday, October 21, 2005

English Captain: John Tempest

John Tempest served in the Restoration navy. In 1665, he served as the lieutenant of the hired ship Eagle. The Eagle was hired at Portsmouth in March 1665. She was engaged at the Battle of Lowestoft and was also with the main fleet during the expedition to Norway. She took part in the fights on September 3rd and 9th, 1665. She was paid off in October 1665. She had been a veteran of the First Anglo-Dutch War, but Frank Fox could find no record of her being engaged in any battle. In 1667, John Tempest was appointed as lieutenant of the Ruby. In 1668, he was lieutenant on the Dunkirk and then the Edgar. In 1672, he was First Lieutenant of the Edgar. Later in 1672, he was appointed captain of the Augustin. Later yet in 1672, he was captain of the Sweepstakes. He fought in the First Schooneveld Battle as captain of the Sweepstakes (36 guns). He was killed in the battle. He had been assigned to the Blue Squadron. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  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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