3rd – HMS STARR/STAR 1667 – Fireship

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The Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665-1667) was an attempt by England to wrest control of world trade from the United Provinces.  On 23 July 1667, a Dutch fleet sailed up the Thames Estuary and an engagement called the attack on Hope or Tilbury occurred, characterized by both sides using only fire ships, the English expending four and the Dutch eleven.  Star/Starr had been purchased earlier that year, measured 121 tons BM, carried four guns and was commanded by Captain Hugh Ridley.  Star was fired with the crew abandoning her in long boats.  The war ended in favour of the Dutch with the Treaty of Breda on 31 July.