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


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Burthen468Tons BM 
Burthen480Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

2 Commanding Officers

4.1643 - 1643Captain ? MowyerW0154.1649 - 1.12.1652Captain Zachary BrowneW015

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) 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.BWAS-1603
10.12.1652Taken by Haes in 't Veld (30)


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646) 
14.2.1649/50-1652Fleet sent to Lisbon Robert Blake (1598-1657) 

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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