Constant Reformation

Nominal Guns40B065
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorEnglish Royalist
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate great ship 'Constant Reformation' (1619) (40)
Home Port B065
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Constructor William Burrell (c.1570-1630)BWAS-1603
CategorySecond RateB065
Ship TypeGreat Ship B065


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Breadth35' 6"Imperial Feet10.6985 
Depth in Hold15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen750Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Breadth35' 6"Imperial Feet10.6985 
Depth in Hold15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen557Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen742Tons and Tonnage 


1624Broadside Weight = 267 Imperial Pound ( 121.0846 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck2 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck2 British Cannon-Perrier
Gun Deck16 British Culverin
Gun Deck12 British 9-Pounder
Gun Deck4 British Saker
Gun Deck2 British Falcon
Gun Deck2 British Portpiece
Gun Deck2 British Fowler

2 Ship Commanders

6.1648 - 1650Unknown Thomas KettlebyBWAS-16031651 - 30.9.1651Unknown Robert FearnesBWAS-1603

1 Flag Officer

1.1649 - 30.9.1651UnknownHRH Prince Rupert Palatine (Prince Rupert of the Rhine) (1619-1682)TRN2

Service History

6.1648In HelvoetsluysW030
17.7.1648Left Helvoetsluys as part of the Royalist fleet commanded by Prince Charles, Prince of WalesW030
22.7.1648Off YarmouthW030
23.7.1648The fleet sailed for the DownsW030
29.8.1648Left the Downs and entered the ThamesW030
30.8.1648Encountered the Pariliamentary Fleet under the Earl of Warwick but no action ensuedW030
30.9.1648The Royalist fleet entered HelvoetsluysW030
21.1.1648/49Left Hellevoetsluis in company with seven other vesselsW030
3.1648/49Blockaded in Kinsale by [Robert Blake]W030
22.5.1649Blockade of Kinsale
10.1649Left Kinsale during a galeW030
10.1649Entered LisbonW030
3.1649/50Blockaded in the Tagus by an English fleet commanded by [Robert Blake]W030
10.3.1649/50Blockade of the Tagus
12.10.1650Escaped from the Tagus as one of six shipsW030
1651Lying in ToulonW030
7.5.1651Left ToulonW030
30.9.1651Sank in a gale near the AzoresBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
11.1648-1651Royalist Fleet for Ireland 1649Sir Rupert Palatine (Prince Palatine of the Rhine) (1619-1682) 

Notes on Ship

Losses when she sank
Three hundred and thirty-three men are said to have gone down with the ship


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