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  1. Sep 2018
    1. Captain Death

      Captain William Death was a British privateer. He commanded the Terrible, and died in battle in 1756, in the first year of the Seven Year's War. Thomas Paine, as a young man, almost sailed with Captain Death, but his father stopped him from going at the last minute.

      Captain Death is not to be confused with the 1935 film Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

  2. Apr 2017
    1. Mr. Burchett

      Josiah Burchett was Secretary of the Admiralty (essentially, chief administrative officer of the British Navy) for nearly fifty years, from 1695 to 1742.

    2. Entic's naval history

      A new naval history, or, Compleat view of the British marine... by John Entick was published in London in 1757.