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Thread #2169   Message #3876844
Posted By: Les from Hull
13-Sep-17 - 09:37 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Just to clear up any confusion:

HIS Ruby was a 40gun fourth rate ship built in 1651 at Deptford. She was one of the ships in Benbow's squadron at the Action of August 1702.

Vice-Admiral John Benbow's popularity was often supposed to be because he was not of the traditional officer class of the Royal Navy. He had served as Master's Mate and in the Merchant Navy before his eventual commission in the Navy.