PEPYS, Samuel (1633-1703). Diarist.
Letter Signed to Edward Gregory, clerk of the cheque at Chatham, the principal naval dockyard, 1 page folio, Navy Office [London], 22 September 1668. Signed also by Sir William Penn, the father of the founder of Pennsylvania, William second Viscount Brouncker and Sir John Mennes.
Ordering the discharge of the officers of the Royal Oak.
'Whereas the wreck of his Ma[jes]t[y's] shipp the Royall Oake being now taken in pieces soe as to leave no farther name for a shipp, his Roy[a]l highness hath beene pleased by his order bearing date the 17th instand to direct us to cause the officers that have hitherto beene borne on her to be forthwith discharged. These are to pray and require you forthwith to discharge all persons from theire attendance upon her accordingly... .'The Royal Oak, launched in 1664 in Portsmouth had been burnt by the dutch in 1667. A later Royal Oak was sunk at Scapa by the Germans in 1939 with the loss of 833 lives.
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