Thursday, March 02, 2006

English Captain: Arthur Laughorne

Arthur Laughorne served in the Restoration navy. In 1660, he was appointed as Lieutenant of the Princess. In 1661, the Duke of York appointed him to command the 6th Rate Drake. In 1662, he commanded the Pembroke. In 1663, he first commanded the Oxford and then the Bonaventure. In 1665, he commanded the Revenge. Syrett and DiNardo say that he was killed in action on 9 September 1666 and that there were two man named Arthur Laughorne. According them, the second continued in service. Frank Fox just says that Arthur Laughorne was wounded in action on 9 September. In 1666, the Duke of Albemarle and Prince Rupert appointed Arthur Laughorne to command the 5th Rate Colchester. He was in the West Indies in 1667 and was killed in action against the French. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  2. David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, 1994.
  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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