Tag Archives: Medway

Admiral Michiel de Ruyter gets the movie treatment

Michiel de Ruyter (ADMIRAL) – Trailer from Rebel Film on Vimeo.

Just to explain… This is the Admiral de Ruyter who famously led the Dutch Navy’s Raid on the Medway in June 1667 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War.

He should be better known to us Brits – and I gather the new film will be available with subtitles. Check the starry cast by the way…

De Ruyter bombarded and then captured the town of Sheerness, then sailed up up the River Medway to Chatham, where the Dutch burned three capital ships and ten smaller naval vessels, and towed away the Unity and the Royal Charles, then the pride of the English fleet.

It was one of the worst defeats in the Royal Navy’s history, and led to a quick and favourable peace for the Dutch.

De Ruyter, I gather, was later a key figure in Prince William of Orange’s arrival in the UK, leading up to the Glorious Revolution, in which the Dutch Protestant and his wife Mary became king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.

Read about De Ruyter here, and for a more English view of the Raid on the Medway, click here.

The Medway Barge Match of 1951

A Youtube of the Medway Barge Match of 1951 – my thanks to Matt Care of the Sailing Barge Cambria Facebook group for spotting this one.

Canoe sailing on the Medway

Someone took a camera aboard as they went canoe sailing on the Medway last weekend and here’s the result. My thanks to Paul Mullings for spotting this one.

Now, bearing in mind that Deadman’s Island is where folks who died on board the prison hulks that used to lie in Stangate Creek and the Medway were buried in the past*, would you say that was a human bone?

*Were the Nore mutineers’ leaders buried there too, I wonder?