John Syms, Puritan Naval Chaplain

By Amos C. Miller, published May 1974


As the chaplain of the man-of-war Providence, Syms, who had suffered persecution for his beliefs, kept a journal of his time on board in 1644. In addition to recording the activities of the ship in support of the parliamentarian cause in the West of England, he also caused a near mutiny by his disagreements with the captain. The captain was promoted; Syms endured privations over a prolonged period afterwards for his religious convictions.

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