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A LETTER FROM General Blakes Fleet WITH The Particulars of the Great and bloo­dy Fight with the Dutch, neer Goodwin Sands, on Tueſday night last.

AND The purſuit of the Hollanders by the ENGLISH then and ſince.

ALSO The Particulars of the Loſſe on both ſides.

LONDON, Printed for Robert Ibbitſon dwelling in Smith­field neer Hoſier Lane. 1652.


A Letter from Gen. BLAKES fleet Dated in the Downes the third of October 1652.


ON the 25 of Septemb. 1652. There was a great meeting of the Of­ficers of the Fleet with General Blake, about engaging with the Hollanders then about Goodwin Sands, and it was reſolved after ſeverall mee­tings, that on Tueſday laſt we ſhould ende­vour to ingage with them.

And accordingly, on Tueſday laſt we ſai­led towards them, and the Hollanders ſtood to us; being well manned, and every ways very well fitted, and about our number, each party being between 50 and 60 ſail, and the Hollanders had two Admirals.


Firſt Major Bourne with the Andrew led on, and charged the Hollanders ſtoutly, and got off again without much harme.

Captaine Bodily with his ſhip alſo (for we have one of the Bodelies a Captain with us, beſides Capt. Bodely in the Straits,) hee char­ged exceeding gallantly; but was in very great danger to have loſt his ſhip, for the Hollanders were ſo cloſe on both ſides of him. charging againſt him, that one might have flung biskets out of his Frigot into the Dutch ſhips.

All his ſailes were ſo torne and ſhattered, that he could not ſail either too or fro, or any more but as the Tide drove him, and there were about 60 men killed in that Frigot, and ſhe had near 100 ſhot in her Hul, and was in danger of ſinking or taking.

But bleſſed be God they got her ſafe to Harbour, the fight being not above 6 leagues from the ſhoar.

The wter being ſhallow upon the ſands, we were in ſome danger of ſuſtaining great loſſe, In ſo much that the Sovereign, and the3 ſhip in which Gen. Blake was, with the Ad­miral began to ſtick, but bleſſed be God were got off again without any great harm there­by.

The Sovereign that great Ship, a delicate Frigot (I think the whole World hath not the like) did her part, ſhe ſailed through and through the Holland Fleet, and played hard upon them.

And at one time there were about 20 Holland Frigots upon her, but bleſſed be the Lord ſhe hath ſuſtained no very great loſſe, but in ſome of her Tacklings, and ſome ſhot in her which her great bigneſſe is not much preju­diced with.

We had ſome other loſſes in ſeveral other ſhips, ſome 2 or 3 in ſome ſhips ſlaine, and in others twice or thrice that number: and ſome of the ſhips had loſſe more, and ſome leſſe, in their Sailes and Tacklings.

We fought them ſtifly as long that night as from foure a clock untill we could not ſee to fight longer.

I am perſwaded that if we had had day to4 have proſecuted the fight, we had ut­terly ſpoyled them, and yet I am per­ſwaded that their loſſe is very great.

The Hollanders Vice-Admirall was ſunk in our ſight, a very great and ſtout ſhip.

Alſo another very good Frigot, and of a good bulke, we ſaw ſink in our view.

Two of their ſhips we have taken, one of 30 guns, and the other of 36 guns, neither of which did much op­poſe us, after we attempted to board them. By which we perceive that their hearts are much broken, and they are much diſcouraged.

VVe hear of two ſhips more of theirs ſince ſunk, ſome ſay three, but of that I cannot yet aſſure you the certainty, but bleſſed be God we loſt not one ſhip.


VVe purſued them the next day, and made ſome diſcovery of them, and ſent out ſome veſſels towards them, but they fled, and ſailed away, we purſued them neer Holland, but could not get them to ingage.

I beleeve it will be ſad news to the States; and although they thought to have foundered our ſhips in the ſands, yet bleſſed be God, we have gotten the Victory, and they are fled home by the weeping croſſe.

VVe are come back now to the Downes where we are to take in ſup­plies, and then ſhall indeavour to act further ſervice, as God ſhall give us occaſion.

I am perſwaded that the Hollanders were drunk generally the moſt part of them when they fought, for at firſt6 they fought exceeding deſperately, as ever I ſaw; but after ſome hours, were nothing ſo valiant.

But let God have all the glory, we went forth in his ſtrength, and I hope ſhall ſtill wait on him, who hath thus far manifeſted his preſence with us, and bleſſing upon us.

All our Captains generally played their parts, and ſo did the Sea men and the Soul­diers, who plyed their work, in diſcharging upon the Enemy, though ſome of the men were up to the middle in water in ſome of the ſhips.


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TextA letter from General Blakes fleet with the particulars of the great and bloody fight with the Dutch, neer Goodwin Sands, on Tuesday night last. And the pursuit of the Hollanders by the English then and since. Also the particulars of the losse on both sides.
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Bibliographic informationA letter from General Blakes fleet with the particulars of the great and bloody fight with the Dutch, neer Goodwin Sands, on Tuesday night last. And the pursuit of the Hollanders by the English then and since. Also the particulars of the losse on both sides. [2], 6 p. Printed for Robert Ibbitson dwelling in Smithfield neer Hosier Lane,London :1652.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Octob. 5.".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Blake, Robert, 1599-1657.
  • Naval battles -- Early works to 1800.
  • Anglo-Dutch War, 1652-1654. -- Early works to 1800.
  • Great Britain -- History, Naval -- Stuarts, 1603-1714 -- Early works to 1800.

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