Lion's Whelp Class

Class NotesBWAS-1603

These vessels were built at the expense of the Duke of Buckingham rather than as King's Ships. Construction was overseen by Capt. John Pennington, whose accounts show they cost nearly £7,000. In spite of their small size, these were built along the lines of Dutch cromsters. They had two decks and a round house, and were three-masted and square-rigged, but fitted with sweeps.


Although masted and armed from naval stores, they were employed as privateers, and preyed on French shipping prior to joining the King's fleet for the second Expedition to La Rochelle in 1628. Following Buckingham's assassination on 23 August 1628, the ten Whelps were added to the Navy



NationalityGreat Britain
Nominal Guns10
Approved1627
Designer 
RateFifth Rate
TypeShip
Designed Crew60
Ships in Class10

Design ArmamentBroadside Weight = 59.50 Imperial Pound ( 26.98 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck4 x British Culverin
Gun Deck4 x British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck2 x British Saker

Design Dimensions and Ship Information
 OrderedShipyardLaunchedOut of serviceFateGundeck LengthLength of KeelBreadthDepth in holdBurthen
As Designed      62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp I (14) UnknownSouthwark - London 162710.1651Sold 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp II (14) UnknownWapping - London 16278.1650Sold 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp III (14) UnknownWapping - London 16272.1643Condemned 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp IV (14) UnknownRedbridge - Hampshire 16274.8.1636Wrecked 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp V (14) UnknownWapping - London 162728.6.1637Foundered 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp VI (14) UnknownRatcliffe - London 16271628Foundered 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp VII (14) UnknownLimehouse - London 162725.10.1630Sunk in Action 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp VIII (14) UnknownLimehouse - London 16277.1645Condemned 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp IX (14) UnknownLimehouse - London 16274.1640Wrecked 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206
Lions Whelp X (14) UnknownUnknown162719.10.1654Sold 62' 0"25' 0"9' 0"206


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Posted by regis on Tuesday 31st of May 2016 10:36

interesting page for this class of ship

homepages.which.net/~j.wassell/whelps.htm

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