Nominal Guns26W015
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
CategoryHired VesselW015
Ship TypeShip W015
Sailing RigShip RiggedW015
Bought by the Navy1651W015
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate ship 'Discovery' (1651) (20)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW015
Burthen350Tons BM 
Burthen344Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

3 Ship Commanders

1642Captain John BrokhavenW0151645 - 1646Captain Thomas PlunkettBWAS-16031647Captain John WillsW015

Service History

1642Irish Sea, Summer GuardW015
30.11.1643Took the ship The Thomas of Ely "laded aboard the said Ship One Hundred Nineteen Tons and Two Hogsheads of French Wine, to be transported to Carrickfergus"W015
9.7.1645Recommissioned for service on the Irish CoastW015


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1642-1642Summer Guard of the Irish Sea 1642 Thomas Kettleby 
1646-1646Winter Guard of 1646  
1647-1647Summer Guard of 1647  

Notes on Ship

Allowance to be made to Capt. Plunket, for victualing The Discovery Privateer, stationed on the Irish Coast.W015
"Die Sabbati, 23 Maii, 1646.

"At the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports.

"Whereas Captain Thomas Plunkett hath been a Petitioner to this Committee, that he may be allowed Four Months, Two Weeks, and Three Days Victuals, for the Ship Discovery, according to the Ordinance of 30 Nov. 1643, she being set forth as a Private Man of War upon that Ordinance, and employed on the Coast of Ireland, for the Space of Ten Months, Two Weeks, and Three Days, beginning the 9th of July, 1645, of which he hath received Victual only for Six Months: Forasmuch as the said Term of the said Ship's Service as a Private Man of War was determined before; his Case of an extraordinary Nature; and for that the Lord Inchequin hath given Testimony of her great Usefulness on the Coast of Ireland, the several Prizes by her taken during her said Employment tending not only to the Weakening of the Rebels, but also to the great Relief of the Protestant Garrisons and Forces in Munster, who, out of the Proceed of the said Prizes, have received the Value of Five Thousand Pounds and upwards; and because this Committee is informed that, out of his Public Affection to the said Protestants Encouragement, he hath much discommodated and streightened himself in his own private Estate, by several Engagements occasioned by that Employment: It is therefore recommended to both Houses of Parliament, that a special Order may be given, for Allowance to be made him for the said Four Months Two Weeks and Three Days Victuals, according to the Purport of the Ordinance of 30 Nov. 1643, over and above the Six Months already allowed him in Part of the said Ten Months, Two Weeks, and Three Days Service."

Ordered, That this House approves of this Report; and that it be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.


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