Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
This yacht also appears as "Jamie", "Jenny" and "Jamaie" in sources.
The list of Navy vessels for December 1695 (House of Commons Journal) contains the Jemmy (still) in use
having a crew of 4 and with 4 guns of some sort.In a list at http://www2.friend.ly.net/~dadadata/kemp/dictWX...
Charles himself gets credit as a designer of the Jemmy.
The name could be short for "James", but as most of the kings other yachts were named after women (Catharine and Fubbs being a famous examples).Annotator Dirk has put forward Jane Roberts, one of the kings's mistresses.
Aug 13 '62; 'J' appears to be built at Lambeth [our virtuosoes (my Lord Brunkard and others, with the help of Commissioner Pett also)] across the river from the Palace, so that Charles can give instructions of the where to put the Masts. Sails [sept 5 '62] against the Dutch built Bezan [Mary]and loses[see refs below]
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