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Thursday, October 06, 2005

English Captain: Levi Greene

Levi Greene served in the Restoration navy. In 1665, the Duke of York appointed him lieutenant of the Maryland Merchant. Later in 1665, he was lieutenant of the Delft prize. He was promoted to captain on 9 June 1666. In 1666, Prince Rupert and the Duke of Albemarle appointed him as captain of the John and Thomas (48 guns). He fought in the St. James's Day Battle, where he was assigned to Sir Robert Holmes's division in the Red Squadron. Later in 1666, he was appointed to command the 2nd Rate Unicorn. In 1671, he was appointed as captain of the 4th Rate Diamond. In 1672, the Duke of York appointed him as captain of the Greenwich. He fought in the Battle of Solebay, where he was assigned to Sir John Harman's division in the Red Squadron. The Greenwich took the Dutch Stavoren in the battle. He was discharged from the service after a courtmartial in 1672. Sources:
  1. R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
  2. Julian S. Corbett, "A Note on the Drawings in the Possession of The Earl of Dartmouth Illustrating The Battle of Solebay May 28, 1672 and The Battle of the Texel August 11, 1673", 1908.
  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
  4. David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, 1994.
  5. 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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