Captaine Willoughby Hannam

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Captaine Willoughby Hannam
Person Captaine Willoughby Hannam
Title Captaine
First name Willoughby
Middle name(s)
Last name Hannam
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Occupation Mariner
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Mariner occupation Commander
Associated with ship(s) Katherine (Master: Willoughby Hannam)
Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Captaine Willoughby Hannam
Has signoff text Willughby Hannam
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Language skills English language
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Res town Rederiff
Res county Surrey
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Res country England
Birth year 1621
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Death year May 28, 1672
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First deposition age 39
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/73 f.540r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jul 14 1660
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Type of ship Naval ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Captaine Willoughby Hannam (alt. Hannum) (b. ca. 1621; d. May 28 1672, in action at Solebay). Mariner. Commander of the Kentish ffrigot in 1658.

Resident in Redriff in 1660.

Secondary sources state that Captaine Willoughby Hannam was killed in action at Solebay in May 1672.

There is a will of a Willoughby Hannam, gentleman, of London, proved on March 20th 1684. This is presumably the will of a relative Captaine Hannam.[1]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-nine year old Captine Willoughby Hannam deposed on July 14th 1660 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined in the case of "The Office of the Judges at the promotion of Captaine John ?XXX late comander in cheife of a squadron of ships in the Medeteranian sea against William Winter".[2]

Comment on sources


"...Has served in several ships, and is now chief mate of the Katherine, under Capt. Willoughby Hannam..."[3]

1653 - 1672

"Blog Posting: Friday, January 14, 2005
English Captain: Willoughby Hannam (or Hannum)

Willoughby Hannam served in both the Commonwealth and Restoration navies. R.C. Anderson consistently calls his last name "Hannum". Frank Fox calls his name "Hannam". From 1653 to 1654, he commanded the Katherine (36 guns). He was in command of the Katherine in September 1653. His ship was lying "in the Ellice Road" in December. From 1654 to 1656, he commanded the Dutch prize Half Moon (captured at the Gabbard). From 1656 until 1660, he commanded the Kentish (Kent). He was appointed as captain in 1660. In the Battle of Lowestoft, in 1665, he commanded the 2nd Rate Rainbow (56 guns), which was assigned to Prince Rupert's division. In June 1666, he was assigned to the Western Station, and missed the Four Days' Battle. He now commanded the 3rd Rate Resolution. At the St. James's Day Battle, his ship, the Resolution (68 guns) was disabled and burned by the Dutch. Captain Hannam and 100 of his crew were rescued. He was killed in action on 28 May 1672 (at Solebay), while commanding the 2nd Rate Triumph (70 guns). He was in Vice-Admiral of the Blue, Joseph Jordan's squadron. He obviously had a distinguished career in the navy.


(1) R. C. Anderson, Journals and Narratives of the Third Dutch War, 1946.
(2) R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964.
(3) Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.
(4) David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, 1994.


1665 & 1666

"On 24 October 1665 John Tyrrell was entered as a lieutenant on the Resolution commanded by Willoughby Hannam. The following year, during the St James's Day fight 25 July 1666 the Resolution, having been severely disabled, was burnt by a Dutch fireship. Hannam, who lost part of his hand in the fight, and most of his men were saved because of prompt action by other English ships sending their boats to rescue the survivors."[5]


PROB 11/375/395 Will of Willoughby Hannam, Gentleman of London 20 March 1684
  1. PROB 11/375/395 Will of Willoughby Hannam, Gentleman of London 20 March 1684
  2. HCA 13/73 f.540r
  3. CSPD, XXXX, p.?
  4. Anglo-Dutch Wars, Blog vy James C. Bender, 2003-2007, Posted by Jim at 6:52 PM" viewed 09/06/2014
  5. Mariners Mirror, vol. ? (Greenwich, 1984), p.149