Saturday, March 04, 2006

English Captain: Joseph Sanders

Joseph Sanders served in the Restoration navy. On 26 February 1665, he was appointed to command the hired ship John and Abigail (40 guns). He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, where he was assigned to Christopher Myngs' division in the White Squadron. He commanded the John and Abigail until 10 June. The John and Abigail was apparently heavily damaged at Lowestoft. Joseph Sanders had been caught on the lee side of the Dutch fleet, but had managed to survive passing the length of the fleet, finally passing to the Dutch rear. Sanders had wisely stayed on the starboard tack. Later in 1665, he was appointed to command the Guinea frigate. In 1666, he was appointed as captain of the Breda. He fought in the Four Days' Battle, where he was assigned to Prince Rupert's division in Prince Rupert's squadron. On 25 July 1666, he fought in the St. James's Day Battle, where he was assigned to Sir Robert Holmes's division in the Red Squadron. He was killed in the battle. 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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