Pedro • Link
The Sophia had sailed along with the Griffin, the Amity and the Kinsale as part of the squadron led by Captain Holmes in the Henrietta bound for the West Africa. It sailed on the 25th January 1661.
(Man of War…Ollard)
Pedro • Link
Present on West African coast during the second expedition of Homes.
18th March 1664 at Cestos (Liberia)
4th April 1664.off the Ivory Coast
15th April sails for Cormantin (Ghana)
20th April 1664 Cape Coast (Ghana)
3rd May 1664 sails for El Mina (Ghana)
Thursday 24 December 1663 -- "Up betimes; and though it was a most foggy morning, and cold, yet with a gally down to Eriffe, several times being at a loss whither we went. There I mustered two ships of the King’s, lent by him to the Guiny Company, which are manned better than ours at far less wages."
These ships were the Sophia and the Welcome. Most of the men served at 17s. and 16s. a month, as against 24s. in the navy. (Per L&M note)
Erith, Kent is village on the south bank of the Thames below Woolwich. Henry VIII opened a naval dockyard and an anchorage there. Ships often discharged cargo in Erith before proceeding through the shallows upstream.
For more information, see: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/12/24/
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.