Rooke, George ___ 1650-1709 ___ British ___ sailor

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Rooke was born at St Lawrence, near Canterbury, and entered the navy as a volunteer. He served first in the Dutch Wars and rose, eventually, to become a rear-admiral and vice-admiral. He fought at the Battle of Beachy Head, served under Russell at the Battle of Barfleur, and commanded the Smyrna convoy, which was scattered and partly taken by the French near Lagos Bay. In 1702, he commanded a failed expedition against Cadiz, but won a victory against the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay. He also took part in the capture of Gibraltar in 1704, and was involved in an attack against the French near Malaga. On leaving the navy in 1705, he retired to his estate at St Lawrence.
A biography link
Wikipedia bio
The Diary Review - Rooke's Battle of Vigo Bay

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1700-1703 ___ maritime military

WEB TEXT LINKS
several extracts
etext
 

ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
British Library, Manuscript Collections
National Maritime Museum: The Caird Library

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
The Journal of Sir George Rooke, Admiral of the Fleet, 1701-1702
 

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