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J.D. Davies
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    I replied to Richard about this yesterday. If we’re defining ‘long distance’ as meaning ‘outside the north Atlantic and Mediterranean’, I can’t think of anything that predates the Marlborough expedition. For the record, his squadron consisted of the Dunkirk (flag, Marlborough / Captain Arnold Browne), Leopard (Richard Minors), Mary Rose (Joseph Cubitt), Convertine (John Povey), and the ketch Chestnut (John Stephens). The expedition deserves to be better known, as does Marlborough himself – a relatively rare example in this period of a titled aristocrat, rather than a younger son (and rather than a sea officer who was subsequently ennobled) who made a career at sea. He was killed at the battle of Lowestoft, 3 June 1665, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.