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|Nationality||Kingdom of England|
|Previously||British Fourth Rate frigate 'Constant Warwick' (1649) (32)|
|Keel Laid Down||1666||B028|
|Shipyard||Ratcliffe - London||B028|
|Designed by||Peter Pett (1610-1672)||B028|
|Sailing Rig||Ship Rigged||B028|
Off the mouth of the Tagus , fought a large Dutch privateer, which, after a short action, made sail and escapedBWAS-1603
Pay record starting 4.3.1671/72 for a period of 19 months, 2 weeks & 0 days for a value of £4,641.0.0d. ADM 8/1/10ADM8-DB
Warrant from the Commissioners of the Admiralty to Captain Ashby of H.M.S. Constant Warwick, to convoy the merchant ship laden with Sir R. Dutton's baggage to Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands .BWAS-1603
Constant Warwick, Feb. 10, 1672
Having certain ships outward bound under our convoy, we came up on Thursday last, about 170 leagues from the Lizard, with a ship carrying Hambrough colours, who, upon our commanding him on board with a gun, immediately put up a Holland ensign, and a Flushing jack, and put himself in a posture of engaging us: we thinking to have boarded him to rights, made up to him to fasten our boltsprit in his shrowds: but he, being aware of our intent, put his helm a weather, and turned his ship round, so that we could not fasten, but shot ahead of him; and afterwards we exchanged several broadsides within half pistol shot of one another, though our lower tier of guns was made useless by the violence of the wind, the sea running so high that it came in amain at our lower port holes; in the mean time the Caper (the privateer) fought so as not to forget to retreat when he should see his opportunity, which was not hard for him to do, we having lost great part of our rigging, and received three unlucky shots between wind and water, and taken in so great a quantity of water in our port holes, that at three o'clock in the afternoon, we found five feet seven inches water in our hold, and the gun room full to the hatches; and that both our upper and lower tier of powder was made unserviceable, being all wet; we not having, besides, ten rounds left in all; by which means he escaped. This Caper is a fly boat of two tier of guns.