Monday, January 15, 2007

English Captain: Francis Barham

Francis Barham served in the Commonwealth navy. He commanded the hired ship Hannibal (44 guns) in 1652. He was succeeded in command by William Haddock. He was in Andrew Ball's squadron that was sent to the Sound in September 1652. He fought in the Battle of Dungeness, where he again commanded the Hannibal. He seems to have been removed from command, as were many of the hired ship captains, following the battle. The younger William Haddock commanded the Hannibal from the Battle of the Gabbard, and later. 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

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