Thursday, March 30, 2006

English Captain: John Barker

John Barker served in the Parliamentarian and Commonwealth navies. In 1643, he commanded the hired merchant ship John and Barbara. In 1646, he commanded the hired merchant ship Lewis in reserve. In 1650, he commanded the Great Lewis. From 1652 to 1653, he commanded the hired merchant ship Prosperous (44 guns). In September 1652, he was assigned to Andrew Ball's squadron sent to the Sound. He was killed in the Battle of Portland. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, "English Fleet-Lists in the First Dutch War," The Mariner's Mirror, Vol.XXIV No.4, October 1938
  2. R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964
  3. J. R. Powell, The Navy in the English Civil War, 1962

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