Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
The Hector, along with the Alexander, Falcon and Fredrick, sailed in1658 to Recife, Bahia and Rio in Brazil. Each ship being of 300 tons and carrying 16 to 28 guns, plus delivery of lead and gun powder.
(L.M.E. Shaw, Anglo-Portuguese Alliance)
In September 1661 the Hector (one of 4 ships) arrived in the Thames direct from Brazil. The Portuguese merchants of the Brazil Company petitioned that it should surrender its cargo to them of Brazil wood and pay duties on sugar, tobacco, etc, which would have been paid had the touched at Lisbon.
James Smith, who had fought for the Royalists on the Isle of Man and the Scillies, subsequently built the Hector for the King at Brest in 1657 and was then imprisoned at Plymouth for three years; he gained three impressive commands after the Restoration, dying as commander-in-chief in the Med.
(Gentlemen and Tarpaulins by J. D. Davies)
Sandwich records on the 3rd September 1665…
“Wind SE, fresh. In the morning we saw 7 or 8 strange ships ahead and sent frigates to chase. About 10 o’clock we reckon ourselves 30 leagues from Texel, NNW in 24 fathom. In the evening we took them, 2 great Indiamen and 4 men of war, 1300 prisoners. The Hector of ours sunk by a shot, or his lee ports neglected, the captain and near 80 men drowned. (Captain Cox of the Mary had half his foot taken off with a great shot.)…”
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