Sunday, February 19, 2006

English Captain: Thomas Leggatt

Thomas Leggatt (or Legat) served the Restoration navy. In 1665, he was appointed as captain of the Fountain prize (30 guns). He apparently replaced the troublesome Jean Baptiste du Tiel. In June 1666, the Fountain, still under his command, was at the island of Jersey. In July 1666, he was at Harwich with his ship, which was ready for sea. He joined Sir Robert Holmes for the attack on the Vlie. In that action, the Fountain carried 36 guns. In 1670, he was appointed as captain of the Norwich. In 1672, he was appointed captain of the Nonsuch. 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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