Nominal Guns36W015
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
CategoryHired VesselW015
Ship TypeShip W015
Sailing RigShip RiggedW015
Returned to Owners1652W015


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentSPD-1651
Burthen500Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

1 Ship Commander

1651 - 1652Captain Thomas VarnellW015

Service History

1645Service in Ireland
20.1.1650/51Contract from Rob. Llewellin "for hire of the Increase of London, 500 tons, at 360l. a month, for 8 or 12 months"SPD-1651
16.8.1652Battle of Plymouth


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1651-1652Fleet sent to BarbadosSir George Ayscue (d.1672) 

Notes on Ship

Described as a Fourth rate
Increase of London
In April 1635 a ship called Increase of London commanded by Master [Robert Lea] embarked several families bound for Boston in New England.
in Ireland
The House of Commons Journal for 18th June 1645 notes A Report from the Committee of the Admiralty, concerning the Ship Increase, employed by my Lord Inchyquin. At the time Lord Inchiquin was Parliamentarian commander in Ireland.


Previous comments on this page

Posted by John Hanrahan on Monday 27th of January 2020 05:19

John Kent is my 6th Great Grandfather. Trying to find a link to him in England. Came over on the Increase in 1635.

Posted by Jerry L. Blodgett on Monday 6th of January 2020 17:41

My Great, Great, Great Grandfather 10x, Thomas Blodgett "The immigrant" came over in "The Increase De Lo" (Increase of London) April 18, 1635. Arriving in Boston, Mass. in late July, 1635 (which was an unusually slow voyage) 30-40 days might be average. I'm looking for a clear photo of "The Increase" that is suitable to enlarge and frame. I've seen the small black & white photo that is on most genealogy web-sights but, the more I enlarge it the more blurry it becomes. Does anyone know of another picture of "The Increase" anywhere on the web where I might locate the ship's photo? Wish you all "Fair Winds and Following Seas".

Posted by Charla Suchinsky on Thursday 27th of August 2015 14:27

Would love to learn more about the increase as Robert Buck was one of my family members.

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