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.......the Raid on the Medway was a serious blow to the reputation of the English crown

The Battle of Medway ended Charles II’s ability to continue the Second Anglo Dutch War and peace terms were agreed at Breda a fortnight later. The English Navy lost all but one of its largest warships which in the short-term left the country in a dangerously weak position. However Dutch forces had not succeeded in attacking the shore-based facilities at Chatham Dockyard, by then the principal fleet base. The English fleet was rebuilt with newer and larger ships- establishing the Royal Navy as a major fighting force for the 18th century – a position which led to it securing command of the world’s oceans during the Seven Years War (1756-63) and beyond. See this story told in The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s new Command of the Oceans galleries.

Explore our new Command of the Oceans galleries