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Pedro  •  Link


The Wikipedia article says…

“The Spanish government considered him a common pirate and mass murderer,”

How strange from a country that influenced the Pope to divide the world between Spain and Portugal, and was itself guilty kicking out all the natives in the area in question!

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Per L&M Companion:

Myngs, Sir Christopher (1625-66). A 'tarpaulin', born of poor parents in London: no friend of Sandwich, but admired by Pepys for his ready speech and remarkable powers of command. He had fought in the parliamentary and republican navies, earning a special renown in the W. Indies (1655-7).

At the Restoration he held seven commissions 1662-6, attaining flag rank 1664-6. He was knighted after the Battle of Lowestoft and fell in action in the Four Days Fight. The scene at his funeral when his men offered to avenge his death is on of the most moving passages of the diary. (June 13th. 1666, http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/06/13/ )


Engraved portraits only:

Bill  •  Link

MYNGS Sir Christopher, - The first information we have been able to acquire of this truly gallant gentleman is, that he was made commander of the Centurion in the year 1662. In 1664 he was, in rapid succession, captain of the Gloucester, the Portland, and the Royal Oak, and appointed vice admiral of a fleet destined for the channel service, under the chief command of prince Rupert. In the following year, 1665, he hoisted his flag on board the Triumph, as vice admiral of the white squadron. He served in this capacity during the engagement between the duke of York and the Dutch admiral Opdam; and, on the subsequent retirement of the duke of York, he was appointed to serve as vice admiral of the blue. When the fleet returned into port he shifted his flag into the Fairfax; and a strong squadron, of twenty-five sail, formed of the ships in best condition for service, was put under his command, during the winter, for the protection of our commerce, to which end his activity did not a little contribute. The latter end of January he sailed for the Downs, and by that means entirely broke the measures concerted by the Dutch for the protection of their own trade, and the injury of ours. In the middle of February he went to the Elbe for the purpose of convoying home the Hamburgh fleet, a service he completely effected. When the fleet was assembled under the command of the joint admirals, prince Rupert and the duke of Albemarle, he removed into the Victory, being appointed, as it is said by some, to serve as vice-admiral of the red. But we have a good deal of reason to doubt this information, and to suppose that, acting as vice-admiral of the white, he led the van of prince Rupert's division, which Was detached, in consequence of false information, to meet the French fleet. He consequently was not present during the three first days of the long battle; but on the fourth, as though he thought it incumbent upon him to make amends for the time he had lost, he fell, exerting himself almost beyond what strict duty and gallantry demanded. We cannot do a greater justice to his memory than by giving an account of the manner of his death, extracted from La Vie de Michael de Ruyter, and inserted by Lediard, "Admiral Myngs having received a musket ball in his throat, would not be persuaded to be bound, or to leave the quarter deck, but held his fingers in the wound to stop the flowing blood, for about half an hour, till another musket ball taking him in the neck, he died after having given the most signal proofs of his courage to the very last gasp."
---Biographia navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.

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