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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

English Captain: John Whitty

John Whitty served in the Restoration navy. After the Battle of Lowestoft in 1665, he was appointed to command the 2nd Rate Vanguard (60 guns). He fought in the Four Days', where he was killed. The Vanguard was assigned to Richard Utber's division in the Blue Squadron. Pepys' list calls him John Whitey. Frank Fox calls him John Whitty. Syrett and DiNardo refer us to the Thomas Whitty entry in their book, from a John Whitey entry. They say that the was killed on the fourth day of the Four Days' Battle. Sources:
  1. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  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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