Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Comp. L&M X: dothe say held 2 commissions between 1660 and 1666 , better known for his son Adm. Sir Charles [1666 1743]. An ex-Crowellian naval vetern.
Charles Wager (1630-1666) was the father of the famous Admiral, Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743), who was raised a Quaker in Rhode Island by a friend of his father, Capt. John Hull, and fought a famous naval battle in the Caribbean during the War of the Spanish Succession.
He sailed in the Crown in July 1664 with Sir Thomas Allin to the Straits. He was present on the 2nd of December when the Phoenix and the Nonsuch were lost in the Bay of Gibraltar, and at the attack on the Dutch Smyrna fleet on the 19th.
Here he chased the 6 fleeing merchantmen that were hauled close to the Puercas but was near to the ground and had to come off.
(Info from The Journals of Sir Thomas Allin edited by Anderson)
More on Captain Wager.
He was with Sandwich in the Sound in 1659 as Captain of the Indian. The last entry in the Allin Journals is on the 1st of March 1664…
“…came aboard and left many letters and 20 pounds in English money want 2 shillings; 10 pounds more paid to Captain Parker for Mrs. Wager.”
It appears that he did not return with Allin as he is still recorded as Captain of the Crown in the Fleet List of April 1665, and being in the Straits
WAGER, Charles,—was appointed to command the Yarmouth, in 1660, by the duke of York; and, in 1664, was promoted to the Crown. He died, at Deal, on the 24th of February, 1665.---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
This Charles Wager commanded the Yarmouth in the fleet that brought Charles II to England and quickly proved to be a capable, trustworthy, well-liked officer of the Royal Navy. He dined at the home of Samuel Pepys who remarked in his diary "A brave, stout fellow this Captain is, and I think very honest.". Two years after the elder Wager's death, Samuel Pepys heard a friend who had been at Tangier contrast his conduct with that of others who had served in the Strait of Gibraltar, remarking, as Pepys noted, "that above all Englishmen that ever was there, there never was any man that behaved himself like poor Charles Wager, whom the very Moores do mention with teares sometimes".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wager#Ear...
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