with twenty ships of warr and four Fireships; himself in the Royall James being admirall and sir Thomas Allen commander under him; sir Christopher Mings in the Victory, vice admirall, and sir Edward Spragge in the Dreadnouyht, rear admirall, all three wearing Union
The fleet remaining with the Generall, consisted of fifty six ships of warr, and four Fireships, divided into theee squadrons under nine flaggs, viz.
Shipps. Royall Charles.
Royall Bake. Defiance • •
Royall Prince Swiftsure. .
Royall Katherine Rupert ...
Commander*. Red Squadron. The Generall Admirall .... Sir John Kempthorn Captain
under him. Sir Joseph Jordan Vice Admirall Sir Robert Holmes Rear Admirall
Sir George Ayscough Admirall • Sir William Berkeley Vice Admirall
John Harman Esquire Rear Admirall
Sir Jeremiah Smith Admirall.
Sir Thomas Tiddeman Vice Admirall
Richar Utber Esquire Rear Admirall
600 380 420
Sir Jeremiah Smith was then at Portsmouth with a small squadron of ships, newly arrived from the Streights; and could not come to the fleet untill after the first fight was over.
I have set down the men aud gunns according to the establishment of that time, but most of the ships carry'd more.
Before the Prince sail'd out of the Downes, it had been resolved that the Generall should return with his fleet to the Swin (not far from the Gun-fleet) as well for the conveniency of joyning severall ships, which were near ready to saile out of the Thames and Medway rivers, as for that the Swin was a secure place, where he could not be forced to fight against his will, but might safely retreat to the Buoy of the Nore, if the enemy should approach and seem too powerfull for him.
The same day that the Prince sailed, the Generall wrote a letter