Wednesday, February 22, 2006

English Captain: Richard Swanley

In 1660, at the Restoration, Richard Swanley was appointed to command the Eaglet ketch. An earlier Richard Swanley had served in the navy of Charles I and in the Parliamentarian navy. In 1661, Richard Swanley served in the Mediterranean Sea in the Eaglet ketch, under the command of Sir Thomas Allin. In 1663, he was operating near to home, often being in the Downs. This Richard Swanley was lieutenant of the Anne in 1666. Later in 1666, the Duke of Albemarle and Prince Rupert appointed him lieutenant of the 2nd Rate Triumph. Sir Thomas Allin's journal indicates that Richard Swanley was captain of the York in September 1666, during the Gerat Fire of London. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, The Journals of Sir Thomas Allin, Vol.I 1660-1666, 1939.
  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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