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Monday, October 10, 2005

English Captain: Benjamin Young

Benjamin Young served in the Restoration navy. The Duke of York appointed him as captain of the Adventure in 1664. In 1666, Prince Rupert and the Duke of Albemarle appointed him as captain of the Yarmouth. This was apparently on July 27, 1666. In 1668, the Duke of York appointed him as captain of the Algerian prize Fountain. In 1669, he became captain of the Advice. He was killed in a battle with Algerian warships in the Mediterranean Sea in July 1670. He was part of a convoying force under the command of Sir Edward Spragge. The Advice and the Guernsey fought 7 Algerian warships and beat them off from the convoy, but both captains were killed. Sources:
  1. William Laird Clowes, The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol.II, 1898.
  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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