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Paul Timbrell  •  Link

The reference to lighthouses and Harwich is significant. The port has two pairs of lighthouses ( now disused ) at Harwich and Dovercourt. These lights were so designed that when the higher and lower flames were kept in line a vessel was in the safe channel to enter port. Pepys' interest in Harwich would quicken in the future. He became its MP in 1679.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Harwich, Essex -- near Felixstow -- One of the Haven ports, located on the coast with the North Sea to the east. The town became a naval base in 1657 and was heavily fortified. During the 2nd Dutch War the Navy yard there had to cope with a sudden and large amount of business because of the location of the naval campaigns.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Capt. John Taylor was appointed as Navy Commissioner to Harwich on Nov. 1, 1664,

Sir William Batten and Sir John Robinson objected after-the-fact to the appointment because he was a fanatic.

Then on 19 December 1664 Mr. Coventry had "to vindicate himself before the Duke and us, being all there, about the choosing of Taylor for Harwich" -- , because a hold had been put on sending Capt. John Taylor there until that day's rather pro forma proceedings.

Later in December 1664 Sir William Batten obtained a patent from Charles II to provide two lighthouses at Harwich. He left on January 4, 1665.

No wonder it was so important for Coventry and the Duke of York to make a point that Capt. Taylor was their choice and make Batten reveal his objections first. No doubt they had to work together to build those vital lighthouses.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The distance between Harwich and City of London is 106 kilometers (66 miles) as the crow flies. Let’s guess this was 100 miles to Westminster in Stuart times.

Horses gallop an average 40 to 48 kilometres per hour (25 to 30 mph). The world record for a horse galloping over a short, sprint distance is 88 kilometres per hour (55 mph).

I therefore estimate a messenger, taking a relay of horses, could get from Harwich to Westminster in about 4 hours of hard riding.

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