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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

English Captain: John Fletcher

John Fletcher (or Flatcher) served in the Restoration navy. He was appointed captain of the Eagle in 1660. The next appointment was to the Little Gift in 1667. In 1669, he was lieutenant of the Foresight. In 1672, he captain of the French Victory prize. He "lost his ship and fled from trial". On April 29th, the day that De Ruyter's fleet sailed from the Texel, "38 ships left the Nore for Portsmouth, where it had been decided to meet the French." On May 5th, the French Victory (38 guns) had been taken by the Dutch. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  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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