Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
from L&M Companion(d. by 1688). He served in the Commonwealth navy, and commanded the "Augustine" in Sandwich's Tangier expedition 1661-2. He was not employed after the loss of the "Coventry" in 1667.
Cpt William Hill.
Was captain of the Coventry in the fleet list of April 1665.
HILL, William,—was appointed commander of the Augustine in 1661, of the Elias in 1663, and, lastly, of the Coventry in 1664. This ship unfortunately ran on shore in the West Indies and was lost. On this account a court-martial was held on board the Katherine yacht, on the 18th of December, 1667, for the trial of captain Hill. The decision was singularly honourable to the accused, inasmuch as he was acquitted of the smallest share even of reproach, and declared to have highly deserved, for "having defended his ship, and prevented the enemy from taking possession of her, for several days after she had been stranded on their coasts." He, however, never had a command afterwards.---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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