Nominal Guns40BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
CategoryHired VesselBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603
Sunk in Action4.3.1652/53BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB024
Burthen600Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1653180 BWAS-1603

6 Ship Commanders

1642Captain Thomas AshleyW0157.1642 - 1642Captain ? MoyerW0151643Captain Thomas GoodyearW0151643 - 1644Captain David BrowneBWAS-16031645 - 1646Captain Thomas PylgrimW0151653 - 4.3.1652/53Captain Edmund Seaman (d.1666)BWAS-1603

Service History

1642Summer GuardW015
7.1642Sent to Hull by the Earl of Warwick in company with the JoselineW015
1643Carrying provisions from Bristol to Irish ProtestantsW015
1645Winter GuardW015
1646Summer GuardW015
1647Summer GuardW015
1652Sailing on trade routes to Turkey, forced to leave goods in Italian ports when forced into the services of ParliamentW015
4.3.1652/53Battle of Leghorn


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646) 
1645-1645Summer Guard of 1645  
1646-1646Winter Guard of 1646  

Notes on Ship

At HullW015
From: 'House of Lords Journal Volume 5: 18 July 1642'
There is come into the Road Two Ships, The Sampson and The Josselyne. Captains Moyer and Pygott have done extraordinary good Service, and helped us much. I desire some Expressions may come from Parliament of the Acceptance thereof; and that neither of these may be sent for away, being that they are now acquainted with this River, and the best Means of clearing it. They have mounted some Pieces of one Side of the River, and have endeavoured to do the like upon the other Side; but have, by Captain Pigott, been prevented, who hath, after Eighty Shot of Great Ordnance, taken Three of their Pieces. Moyer brought in Four Gentlemen of Quality, Troopers, with Eleven good Horses.

Sent to HullW015
From: 'House of Lords Journal Volume 5: 12 July 1642'
My Lord, I did order Three Ships for the River of Humber, in Observance of your Lordships Votes of the 6th of July to that Effect; but His Majesty's Ship The Lyon coming so opportunely under my Command here into The Downes, before those Three Ships were gone which I had designed for Hull, I did alter my Resolution, and sent but Two to Hull; The Sampson, a Ship of very good Force, commanded by Captain Ashley, and The Joseline, commanded by Captain Partridge.
I do send my Rear Admiral, Captain Trenchfeild, with The Unicorn of the King's, and Captain Blyth with The Rainbow, to join with those Six Merchant Ships, that are employed in the North Parts. And I have written to Sir Jo. Hotham, that, if he shall have Need of more Force there, that, upon Notice from him to my Rear Admiral, who is to ply to and again between Scarborough and The Holy Head, (fn. †) he will supply him with more Ships.

Ship SampsonW015
From: 'House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 14 September 1643'
Ordered, That the Ship Sampson of Bristoll be fitted, and sent to my Lord of Warwick; and that her Lading be inventoried and sold, and the Proceed thereof employed for the Service of the Navy; and that a Third Part of the Ship, and Proceed, be assigned to the Mariners and Ship's Company, according to the Ordinance: And the Committee of the Admiralty are to see this effected.


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