Galleon into Ship of the Line Part II

By A.H. Taylor, published February 1959


This is the second of three MM articles in which the author traces the development of English sea battle tactics between 1588 and 1677. Three battles of the Second Dutch War are described in detail – Lowestoft, the Four Days Battle and the St James’s Day Fight. At Lowestoft, the plans were not followed and the fight became a mêlée, but the fighting instructions and the order of battle evolved as the war continued, effecting improvements. Among the principal tacticians were James, fifth Duke of York (Lord High Admiral), Edward Mountagu, first Earl of Sandwich, George Monck, first Duke of Albemarle and Prince Rupert.

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Filed under: Dutch Wars | North Sea | Early Modern
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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