Date Posted: 14/09/2010
James, Duke of York was one of the finest fighting Admirals of the seventeenth century. He was the brother of Charles II and Charles made him Lord High Admiral even though he had no experience of the sea. James went on to lead the British at the battles of Lowestoft (1665) and Solebay (1672). And now we know that he did so with his dog.
John Evelyn, diarist, horticulturalist and friend of Charles, James and of course Samuel Pepys, recorded in his diary how James took his dog to sea and how the poor mutt scrambled into the darkest corners of the ship when the cannons started firing.
You can read more about James and those magnificent ships of the seventeenth century in the Fighting Ships from the Ancient World to 1750.