Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
"A captain in the Commonwealth navy, but after commanding the Assistance in the Dutch voyage (1660) held no further commission" (L&M Companion).First appears in diary on 3 April 1660.
SPARLING, Thomas,- appears to have been employed under the commonwealth: and, among other services, in the year 1653, he took a prize from the Dutch, with twelve hundred thousand pieces of eight on board. He was appointed, by the duke of York, to command the Assistance soon after the restoration.
Biographia navalis, v.1. J. Charnock, 1794
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