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Nominal Guns34BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
CategoryHired VesselBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShipBWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Burthen480Tons BM 
Burthen468Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

2 Ship Commanders

4.1643 - 1643Captain
? MowyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1643
4.1649 - 1.12.1652Captain
Zachary BrowneBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1649-1666

Service History

28.9.1652Battle of Kentish Knock
30.11.1652Battle of Dungeness
10.12.1652Captured by the Dutch ship
Haes in 't Veld (30) 1652-1652
Dutch 30 Gun
Hired Fluit
after the battle of Dungeness. The Hercules was not involved in the battle but was close by with a limited crew. They ran her aground and escaped before the Dutch took her off. Captain Browne was courtmarshalled and dismissed the service for incompetence.
10.12.1652Taken by
Haes in 't Veld (30) 1652-1652
Dutch 30 Gun
Hired Fluit


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642
Sir John PenningtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1620-1643
14.2.1649/50-1652Fleet sent to Lisbon
Robert BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1649-1657

Notes on Ship

Hotham's TrunksW015
From: 'House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 13 July 1643'
Ordered, That the Committee at Hull, or the major Part of them, shall open the Trunks and Boxes of Sir Jo. Hotham and Captain Hotham; and take an Inventory what is contained in them; and certify unto the House what Monies, Plate, or other Goods there are there; and out of the said Monies, shall take and borrow a Thousand Pounds, upon Account, and employ it to the Pay of the Garisons of Hull, and Beverley, and that they shall likewise take out Five hundred Pounds more, out of the said Monies, and deliver it, upon Account, to Captain Mowyer Captain of the Ship Hercules, towards the Pay of him, and Ship Company; being Part of the Eight hundred Pounds received by Sir Jo. Hotham, of the Collectors of the Customs: And it is left to the said Committee, to consider of the Charges and Expences of Sir Wm. Alanson, in his Journey up and down, and to satisfy him out of the said Monies.

Grant to MoyerW015
From: 'House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 3 July 1643'
Ordered, That Two hundred Pounds shall be given to Captain Mowyer, Captain of the Ship Hercules, in Acknowledgment of his faithful and good Service to the State; and that a Letter be written unto him of Encouragement, by the Committee for the Navy: And the House doth recommend it to the Committee for the Navy, to take care for a speedy Satisfaction of his Arrears.


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