"Samuel Pepys"
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Samuel Pepys
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Samuel Pepys was an English diarist and MP (1633-1703), most famous for his record of the Great Fire of London.   Although he lacked maritime experience, Pepys was also a naval administrator who reached the rank of Chief Secretary to the Admiralty.   His voyage to Tangiers in 1683 was in fact an evacuation mission prior to the abandonment of the short-lived English colony which he had helped found there.