Wednesday, March 01, 2006

English Naval Officer: Samuel Wentworth

Samuel Wentworth served in the Restoration navy. In 1665, he commanded the hired ship Exchange (36 guns) from 18 February 1665 until 12 December 1665. He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft where he was assigned to Prince Rupert's division in the Red Squadron. He was selected for the attack on Bergen, but was prevented from reaching the harbour by storms. He took part in the actions of 3 September and 9 September 1665. The Exchange was paid off late in the year. He was brought back into the service in 1672, when he was appointed as Second Lieutenant of the Monmouth. In 1673, he was appointed as First Lieutenant of the same ship. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, "Hired Men-of-War, 1664-7", Part II, The Mariner's Mirror Vol.84 No.2 (May 1998).
  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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