Tuesday, February 28, 2006

English Captain: George Batts

George Batts served in the Restoration navy. In 1660, he was appointed as captain of the Great Gift. In 1661, the Duke of York appointed him to command the Little Gift. In 1663, he was appointed to command the Francis. In 1664, he was appointed to command the Hampshire. He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft in June 1665, where he was assigned to Sir George Ayscue's division in the Blue Squadron. He hoined the fleet about 3rd or 4th June 1666, on the last days of the Four Days' Battle. In 1666, the Duke of Albemarle and Prince Rupert appointed him to command the 2nd Rate Unicorn (60 guns). On 25 July 1666, he fought in the St. James's Day Battle. He was assigned to Richard Utber's division in the White Squadron. He was dismissed from the service after the battle. In some ways, he was a victim of unhappiness with his division commander, Ricard Utber. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. 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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