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Raid on the Medway
June 1667
Willem Schellinks

Raid on the Medway June 1667 Willem Schellinks

The Raid on the Medway was a successful Dutch attack on the largest English naval ships, laid up in the dockyards of their main naval base Chatham, that took place during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. The Dutch, under command of Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, bombarded and then captured the town of Sheerness, sailed up the River Thames to Gravesend, then up the River Medway to Chatham, where they burned three capital ships and ten lesser naval vessels and towed away HMS Unity and HMS Royal Charles, pride and normal flagship of the English fleet.