Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Capt. George Batts
In 1660, he was appointed as captain of the Great Gift. In 1661, the Duke of York appointed him to command the Little Gift. In 1663, he was appointed to command the Francis. In 1664, he was appointed to command the Hampshire. He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft in June 1665, where he was assigned to Sir George Ayscue's division in the Blue Squadron. He hoined the fleet about 3rd or 4th June 1666, on the last days of the Four Days' Battle. In 1666, the Duke of Albemarle and Prince Rupert appointed him to command the 2nd Rate Unicorn (60 guns). On 25 July 1666, he fought in the St. James's Day Battle. He was assigned to Richard Utber's division in the White Squadron. He was dismissed from the service after the battle. In some ways, he was a victim of unhappiness with his division commander, Ricard Utber. http://anglo-dutch-wars.blogspot.com/2006/02/en...
BATTS, or BATES, George,—was appointed commander of the Great Gift, in the year 1660, by the duke of York. In the year 1661 he was removed into the Little Gift. In 1663 he became captain of the Francis. In the following year he was promoted to the Hampshire, of forty guns. In the two actions fought between the English and Dutch fleets in 1666, he commanded the Unicorn, a third rate of sixty guns, by commission from prince Rupert, and the duke of Albemarle, who, at that time, executed the office of commander in chief jointly.---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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