The Dispute over the Golden Horse of Algiers

By Peter le Fevre, published August 1987


Details the taking of the Golden Horse of Algiers in 1681 and subsequent public dispute between the British captains involved:  William Booth, of the Adventure, and Francis Wheeler, of the frigate NonsuchAdventure had fought with Golden Horse over several hours whereas Nonsuch arrived late in the affair, perhaps under false colors, to complete the capture.  The matter was eventually settled in Booth’s favor by the king.  The dispute illustrates divisions and feuds in the navy of the time, and the author suggests, is a lesson to historians to not take everything Samuel Pepys says in his Tangiers Papers at face value.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Biography

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