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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

English Captain: William Burke

William Burke served in the Restoration navy. In 1665, the Duke of Albemarle had appointed him as lieutenant of the Dutch prize St. Paul. Later in 1665, the Duke appointed him as lieutenant of the Bristol. In 1668, the Duke of York appointed him first as lieutenant of the Defiance, then the Cambridge. After that, still in 1668, he was captain of the Portsmouth sloop. In 1671, he was lieutenant of the Tiger. In 1674, the King appointed him as captain of the yacht Isle of Wight. Sources:
  1. 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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