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Thursday, October 20, 2005

English Captain: John Kelsey

John Kelsey served in the Restoration navy. In 1665, he commanded the fireship Little Unicorn. He fought in the Four Days' Battle in June 1666, where he still commanded the Little Unicorn. He was attached to Sir Edward Spragge's division in the White Squadron. In 1666, he commanded three ships: first, the Great Gift fireship, then he was at least assigned to the Loyal London, and then the Constant John fireship. He fought in the St. James's Day Battle, where he commanded the Great Gift fireship. He was assigned to the Blue Squadron. In 1669, he commanded the Hardereen fireship (the Dutch prize Harderin). In 1672, he commanded the Rachel fireship. The Rachel served with the fleet in the fall and winter of 1672. In 1673, he commanded the Friendship fireship. He died sometime before 1688. 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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