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One of the more unfortunate events in the British naval history happened on 12 14th June. 1667, when a Dutch fleet sailed up the river Medway in Kent and destroyed several British ships laid up ijn Chatham Dockyard, capturing the "Royal Charles" the pride of the navy, and sinking or burning three other great ships, - the "Royal James," "Royal Oake" and "Loyal London", (see picture above) and a number of others. Samuel Pepys wrote much about this unfortunate event in his Diary. The event was also commemorated more recently by Rudyard Kipling:
 
 
One of the more unfortunate events in the British naval history happened on 12 14th June. 1667, when a Dutch fleet sailed up the river Medway in Kent and destroyed several British ships laid up ijn Chatham Dockyard, capturing the "Royal Charles" the pride of the navy, and sinking or burning three other great ships, - the "Royal James," "Royal Oake" and "Loyal London", (see picture above) and a number of others. Samuel Pepys wrote much about this unfortunate event in his Diary. The event was also commemorated more recently by Rudyard Kipling: More...

 
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