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Sir George Ayscue or Askew. After his return from his imprisonment he declined to go to sea again, although he was twice afterwards formally appointed. He sat on the court-martial on the loss of the “Defiance” in 1668.

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vicenzo   Link to this

[Sir G. Askew]
He was a Capt. of the Expediton in '46.
Served with Batten in the capture of the Scilly Isles.
involved in tale of allegiance

Pedro   Link to this


Ayscue was Admiral of the Irish Station for Parliament in 1649 and blockaded Prince Rupert in the Port of Kinsale.

In 1652 the Parliamentary fleet under Ayscue subdued Barbados, and he returned to England with a number of prizes.

(Man of War…Ollard)

Pedro   Link to this


In 1659 Ayscue was in command as a Swedish admiral in the Sound.


Bill   Link to this

It is scarce possible to give a higher character of the courage of this brave admiral, than to say that he was. a match for Van Tromp or De Ruyter; both whom he engaged in the first Dutch war (before the Restoration) without being conquered. In 1648, when the fleet revolted to prince Rupert, he declared for the Parliament, and brought the Lion man of war, which he then commanded, into the river Thames. He was the next year appointed admiral of the Irish seas, and had a great hand in reducing the whole island to the obedience of the Republic. In 1651, he forced Barbadoes, and several other British settlements in America, to submit to the commonwealth. In 1652, he attacked a Dutch fleet of forty sail, under the convoy of four men of war: of those he burnt some, took others, and drove the rest on shore. Lilly tells us, in his Almanack for 1653, that he, the year before, engaged sixty sail or Dutch men of war, with fourteen or fifteen ships only, and made them give way. He protested against Blake's retreat in that desperate action of the 29th of November, 1652, thinking it much more honourable to die by the shot of the enemy. This, and his great influence over the seamen, are supposed to have been the reasons for his being afterwards dismissed from his command. He was a short time admiral in Sweden, under Charles Gustavus; but returned to England soon after the Restoration. In 1666, he commanded on board the Royal Prince, the largest ship in the navy, and generally esteemed the finest in the world. He engaged the Dutch with his usual intrepidity and success, in that memorable battle which continued four days: but on the third day his ship ran on the Galloper sand, and he was compelled by his own seamen to strike. He was for some months detained a prisoner in Holland; and during that time, was carried from one town to another, and exposed to the people by way of triumph. He never afterwards went to sea.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

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