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Friday, September 23, 2005

English Captain: Hugh Ridley

Hugh Ridley served in the Restoration navy. He was appointed captain on 12 June 1667. In 1667, he commanded the fireship Star. Later in 1667, he is listed alongside the name Tilbury Hope, which is a place. In 1668, he commanded the fireship Providence (the ex-4th Rate). In 1673, Prince Rupert appointed him to command the Woolwich sloop. On 3 June 1675, the King appointed him to command the Wivenhoe fireship. On 28 February 1682 (they called it 1681), the commissioners appointed him in charge of the boats at Portsmouth. On 25 May 1685, the King appointed him to command the America. Quite soon after this, he was switched to command the Swan (9 June 1685). On 15 August 1686, the King (James II) appointed him to command the Garland. then, on 9 September 1688, the King appointed him to command the Antelope. Sources:
  1. David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, 1994.
  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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