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Robert Knox

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service1650CSORN
Last Known Service1660CSORN

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Date fromDate toEventSource
1650 CaptainW015
Charles (33) 1650-1653
British 33 Gun
, Captain and Commanding Officer
18.2.1652/5320.2.1652/53Battle of Portland 
Anne (20) 1649-1663
British 20 Gun
Merchant Frigate
, Captain (HEIC) and Commanding Officer

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Posted by John Hutnyk on Monday 7th of June 2021 21:47

The tale of Captain Knox is told by his son, also Captain Robert Knox, in his very much annotated "An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon in the East Indies". EIC Governor Josia Childs thought a publication describing Knox's rescue from 19 years of captivity in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) would embellish the Company's reputation, and share price – a copy of the book would end up in the possession of Joseph Banks on the Endeavour (Banks, 1896[2011]).

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