The Division of the English Fleet in 1666

By Roland J.A. Shelley, published May 1939


After Charles II declared war on the Dutch United Provinces in 1665, it was expected that force of arms would decide the mastery of the Seven Seas. In 1666 the British fleet was placed under the joint command of Prince Rupert and the Duke of Albemarle, whose division of the fleet was blamed for the defeat in the Channel known as the Four Days Battle. After victories by each side, peace was declared in 1667, but controversy over responsibility for the division of the fleet continued in the House of Commons, as analysed in this article.

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Filed under: English Channel | Dutch Wars | North Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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