Sunday, March 05, 2006

English Captain: John Whately and Thomas Whately

John Whatley served in the Restoration navy. On 9 June 1665, the Duke of York appointed him to command the Zealand prize. He was "discharged dead" on 13 April 1666. Frank Fox has a copy of the Ticket Office compilation that has pay records for captains from 1660-1685, and he kindly provided me with this information. he is often confused with Thomas Whately, who also served in the Restoration navy. A distant storm is incorrect, in that it was not John Whatley who commanded the hired ship John and Katherine in 1665. He commanded her from 21 January 1665 until 11 June 1665. He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where the John and Katherine was heavily damaged. The ship was paid off after the battle. He had been assigned to Christopher Myngs' division in the White Squadron. Sources:
  1. Adm. 10/15, Ticket Office compilation, 1660-1685 (which gives dates officers were paid).
  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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