Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Capt. John Hubbard. Naval officer, commissioned 1665, the junior of two with this name. Known to have commanded the Admiral's ship, the *Royal Charles*. Coventry thought him 'very able and stout.' His independence of spirit is clear from the diary, His death in action against the Algerines 1668 was attributed to 'over much courage.'
HUBBARD, John, — commanded the Return, the Helversome, and Lyon, in succession, during the year 1665; in 1666 he was made captain of the Royal Charles, the ship on board which the joint commanders-in-chief, prince Rupert and the duke of Albemarle, hoisted the standard. The very conspicuous share born by this ship in the victory obtained over the Dutch, may naturally be inferred from the known active intrepidity of those two great men. And while their extensive minds were engaged in arranging and manœuvring the fleet under their command, surely no small degree of merit ought to be attributed to the captain of the ship in which they fought, who by his conduct and gallantry enabled them to transfer their attention from an individual object to the weightier part of their charge. It is said in the account published by authority, that "few ships need repairing except the Royal Charles, who, indeed, bears honourable marks of that day's dangers." The following year he removed into the Rupert; and in 1668 commanded, in succession, the Plymouth, the Milford, and the Assistance. Sailing for the Streights soon after his appointment to the latter ship, he was killed in action with some Algerine corsairs towards the end of that year.---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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