Dutch attack on the Medway, June 1667 by Pieter Cornelisz van Soest

Dutch attack on the Medway, June 1667

Pieter Cornelisz van Soest

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Dutch attack on the Medway, June 1667

In the Second Dutch War, 1665-1667, it was believed that a peace treaty would be signed with Holland. However, Charles II's attitude at the conference at Breda led to its failure, while at the same time his financial difficulties prevented the English fleet to be fitted out for the summer campaign of 1667. The Dutch fleet was quickly mobilised and the Dutch commander, Lieutenant-Admiral de Ruyter, carried through with complete success the Dutch leader Johan de Witt's bold plan for the invasion of the River Medway in Kent where some of the English navy's best ships were laid up. The river defences were badly prepared and maintained and the Dutch were able to force a passage almost to Chatham Royal Dockyard, only about 30 miles from London. Several large English ships were burnt or sunk at their moorings and the 'Royal Charles', 86 guns, was carried back in triumph to Holland.
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