On the 14 June Cornelis de Witt ended the attack fearing stiffening English resistance and the Dutch ships began their withdrawal from the Medway taking the Royal Charles and Unity back to Holland as prizes.
After celebrating by collectively thanking God for “a great victory in a just war in self-defence” tried to repeat its success by attacking several other ports on the English east coast but was repelled each time. On 27 June an attempt to enter the Thames beyond Gravesend was called off when it became known that the river was blocked by blockships and five fireships awaited the Dutch attack. On 2 July a Dutch marine force landed near Woodbridge north of Harwich and successfully prevented Landguard Fort from being reinforced but a direct assault on the fort by 1500 marines was beaten off by the garrison. On 3 July an attack on Osley Bay failed.
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