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William Pestell

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service1651CSORN
Last Known Service6.12.1662CSORN
Date of Death6.12.1662BWAS-1603

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
Satisfaction (26) 1646-1662
British 26 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
Hamburg Merchant (34) 1653-1656
British 34 Gun
Hired Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
18.2.1652/5320.2.1652/53Battle of Portland 
2.6.16533.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard 
1661 CaptainCSORN
Pearl (22) 1651-1697
British 22 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer

Notes on Officer

Charnock calls him William Pestill

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Posted by Ken Pestell on Friday 2nd of September 2022 18:07

For Jane Pestell-Litten.

Hi Jane, I do have further info on Captain William, possibly tracing him back to about 1595 in Leics/Beds. He was certainly enrolled in the Honourable Artillery Company where he probably learnt gunnery. He probably held the Pestell Coat of Arms which he sent to the Rev William Pestell for safe keeping during the English civil war. Try e-mailing me directly, Ken.

Posted by Jane Pestell-Litten on Sunday 27th of March 2022 01:13

We trace back to William Pestell . Would love to find out more information about him? Ken Pestell are you able to provide?

Posted by Ken Pestell on Saturday 26th of June 2021 19:33

For Larry:- My info is that William Pestell was master of the Jersey in the fleet commanded by Admiral Robert Holmes which took the island of Goree from the Dutch in 1664. WP died in action. His wife was later awarded a £50 pension.
I have no knowledge of the flyboat Falcon - sorry.

Posted by Dr Larry J. Kreitzer on Saturday 10th of October 2020 11:27

Dear Ken Pestell,

I would be very interested in seeing what information you have about William Pestell. I am researching the Falcon flyboat at the moment and there is some interaction with Pestell.

Thank you!


Posted by Patrick Mussett on Saturday 3rd of October 2015 16:29

I have a little information about Pestell which I shall be happy to share.

Posted by Roland Watson on Friday 3rd of May 2013 14:22

I was researching the frigate he commissioned to sail on Loch Ness. Any stories around that boat?

Posted by Ken Pestell on Monday 22nd of October 2012 21:56

I have been researching Capt.William Pestell for some years and have a fair amount of info on his career from his birth c.1606 to his death in action in 1664 in the attack on the Dutch fort at Goree, off Senegal. I would be pleased to share info with others with genuine interest.

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