Capt. Phips at Bristol, England, 1718

The family of William Phips, who became governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, supposedly came from Bristol, England. William died in 1694.

A later Captain Phips showed up in Bristol harbor on 11 October 1718. He was the captain of a galley known as the Reymond. A galley was a comparative flat and low sailing ship with as many as three banks of oars.

Who was this Capt. Phips? From The Post Boy, London, Saturday 11 October 1718 to Tuesday, 14 October 1718, p. 2:

Bristol, Oct. 11. . . . The Reymond Galley, Capt. Phips, of and for this Port, was arrived there; as also the Pearl, Capt. Twit of London, both from the Coast of Africa.


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