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JOHN AND SARAH

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1667 wreck of English fireship scuttled as a blockship on the Mussel Bank on 11 June 1667 during the Raid on the Medway (1584349) towards the end of the Second Anglo-Dutch War. She was part of the first group of ships sunk on the Mussel Bank, along with the CONSTANT JOHN (1033757) and the UNICORN (1033760). Later the same day the BARBADOS MERCHANT (1033756), DOLPHIN (1033758), GOOD FORTUNE (1033761), EDWARD AND EVE (1433208) and HIND (1433212) were likewise sunk at the Mussel Bank.

As they withdrew from the Medway, the Dutch set fire to the upper works of the blockships, which had proved to be ineffective. The ships remained in situ for a couple of years until sold in 1669, presumably thereafter broken up.

Constructed of wood, the JOHN AND SARAH was purchased as a fireship in 1666, suggesting that she was of mercantile origin.

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