Thomas Teddeman

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Thomas Teddeman
Thomas Teddeman by Peter Lely, 1666, part of the Flagmen of Lowestoft series
Died13 May 1668
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service?–1668
Rank Vice-admiral
Commands held HMS Resolution
HMS Fairfax
HMS Kent
HMS Revenge
HMS Swiftsure
HMS Cambridge
Battles/wars Anglo-Spanish War
Second Anglo-Dutch War

Thomas Teddeman († 13 May 1668 Old Style) was an English admiral of the 17th century. His name was also written as Teddiman,Tyddiman or Teddyman.

Admiral is one of the highest ranks in some navies, and in many navies is the highest rank. It is usually abbreviated to "Adm" or "ADM". The rank is generally thought to have originated in Sicily from a conflation of Arabic: أمير البحر‎, amīr al-baḥr, "commander of the sea", with Latin admirabilis ("admirable") or admiratus ("admired"), although alternative etymologies derive the word directly from Latin, or from the Turkish military and naval rank miralay. The French version – amiral without the additional d – tends to add evidence for the Arab origin.

The early career of Thomas Teddeman is unknown; he was not a naval captain during the First Anglo-Dutch War. He was the namesake of his father, who descended from a family of ship-owners in Dover. His cousin was the naval captain Henry Teddeman.

First Anglo-Dutch War conflict

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Teddeman, first serving the English Commonwealth, commanded from 1659 till 1660 the Tredagh (after the English Restoration renamed to HMS Resolution) in the Mediterranean during the Anglo-Spanish War. From 31 May till 10 June 1660 he chased six Spanish vessels he encountered off Algiers. In May 1661 he became captain of HMS Fairfax and in 1663 commanded HMS Kent on which he brought the English ambassador to Russia, the Earl of Carlisle, to Archangel in July. In May 1664 Teddeman was made commander of HMS Revenge and the same year promoted to captain of HMS Swiftsure. In 1665, during the Second Anglo-Dutch War, he distinguished himself as Rear-Admiral of the Blue Squadron in the Battle of Lowestoft, with as flagship the new second rate HMS Royal Katherine, and was knighted on 30 June (Old Style).

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In August 1665 Teddeman was sent on the Revenge to Bergen to capture a Dutch treasure fleet with a flotilla of frigates but was defeated in the Battle of Vågen by Commandeur Pieter de Bitter. Though this was a major disappointment to Charles II of England, Teddeman's career did not suffer much and he fought, again on the Katherine, the next year as Vice-Admiral of the Blue in the Four Days Battle and as Vice-Admiral of the White in the St James's Day Battle. In 1667 Teddeman had no command, the main vessels of the English fleet having been laid up. In 1668 he commanded on HMS Cambridge, but was the subject of an investigation by English Parliament, trying to establish the causes of the lost war, by which he was much troubled. On 13 May he died from a fever caused by a thrush in the mouth.

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Battle of Vågen battle

The Battle of Vågen was a naval battle between a Dutch merchant and treasure fleet and an English flotilla of warships in August 1665 as part of the Second Anglo-Dutch War. The battle took place in Vågen, the main port area of neutral Bergen, Norway. Due to a delay in orders the Norwegian commanders took the side of the Dutch, contrary to the secret intentions of the King of Norway and Denmark. The battle ended with the defeat of the English fleet, which retreated, much damaged but without losing any ships. The treasure fleet was relieved by the Dutch home fleet seventeen days later.

Pieter de Bitter Dutch naval officer

Pieter de Bitter was a 17th-century Dutch officer of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). On 12 August 1665 he won the Battle of Vågen against an English flotilla commanded by Thomas Teddeman.


R.C. Anderson, 1964, List of English Naval Captains 1642–1660

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