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Cox, Owen (d. 1665), naval officer, came probably from a seafaring family in north-east England, though nothing certain is known of his origins. He first appears in 1646, commanding a small prize on the north-east station, where he continued in other hired merchantmen. Early in 1648 he was nominated to command the ...

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Goodsonn [Goodson], William (b. 1609/10, d. in or after 1680), naval officer, was a native of Great Yarmouth, and probably from a seafaring family well established there. From ages he gave in later depositions it appears that he was born in 1609 or 1610. Bred to the sea, he made numerous trading voyages to the ...

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Sir Richard Haddock (c. 1629–1715) by John Closterman, c. 1689 MOD Art Collection, London

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Haddock, Sir Richard (c. 1629–1715), naval officer, was the eldest of the four sons of William Haddock (c.1607–1667) and his wife, Anna Goodlad (c.1611–1689), of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. The Haddock family had been mariners since at least 1327, and both ...

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Frederick Marryat (1792–1848) by John Simpson, in or before 1826 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. K. Laughton

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Marryat, Frederick (1792–1848), naval officer and novelist, was born at Catherine Court, Tower Hill, London, on 10 July 1792. Of Huguenot descent, he was the second son of Joseph Marryat of Wimbledon, who was MP for Horsham and later for Sandwich, chairman of ...