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Issue Date: 09/06/2017
Issue Name: 350th Anniversary of the Dutch Raid on Medway - The Battle of Chatham
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Raid on the Medway began on 9th June 1667. It was a two pronged attack, with a small squadron being deployed to penetrate the Thames. To commemorate this occasion we have produced this lovely cover. It features a stunning image of the Dutch Raid on Medway, along with a 1st class Maritime stamp and a Chatham, Kent postmark (9th June, 2017)
The Dutch Raid on Medway - The Battle of Chatham
Lt-Admiral Van Ghent’s progress was slow, negotiating south-westerly winds and he moored for the night just below Gravesend. The more dangerous second attack would come against the Medway, led by Admiral-in-Chief Michiel de Ruyter.
The Medway was badly defended and on 10 June the Dutch penetrated the Medway and captured Sheerness. Only now did the English look for countermeasures, but the Dutch pushed forward and on 12 June the makeshift defences were destroyed, leaving the anchored English fleet all but defenceless. With much of the English fleet burnt, the Dutch were the victors. They withdrew from the Medway on 14 June, taking surviving English ships as prizes. The culmination of the wars came with this attack in Kent, and the raid is often also referred to as the Battle of Chatham.
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