London Merchant

Nominal Guns48BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned17.5.1666
CategoryHired VesselBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Returned to Owners11.1666BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel87' 0"Imperial Feet26.5176 
Breadth28' 9"Imperial Feet8.563 
Burthen382 4794Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1666180 BWAS-1603

2 Commanding Officers

1666CaptainWilliam BasseTRN217.5.1666 - 11.6.1666CaptainAmos Beare (d.1672)BWAS-1603

Service History

25.7.1666St James Day Battle


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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Posted by grammont on Sunday 13th of January 2019 14:35

In the University of Hull thesis 'English Privateering during the Spanish and French Wars, 1625-1630' by John Christopher Appleby, Appendix I lists all ships that received Letters of Marque for that period.

There are three London Merchant's listed, all (unsurprisingly) sailing from London.

Bond: 1627.5.23
Warrant: 1627.4.26
Captain/Master: James Dale
Owners/Promoters: Sir Allan Cotton, Sidrach Williams and others
Tonnage: 260
Ordnance: 24
Men: 50
Victuals (months): 12
Losses £: 10,000
Letters of Marque issued against: Spain and France

Bond: 1628.8.23
Warrant: 1628.8.2
Captain/Master: Michael Mashert
Owners/Promoters: Michael Marshart and others
Tonnage: 300
Ordnance: 22
Men: 60
Victuals (months): 8
Losses £: 10,000
Letters of Marque issued against: Spain and France

Bond: -
Warrant: 1629.9.30
Captain/Master: Robert Mills
Owners/Promoters: William Crosse and others
Tonnage: 120
Ordnance: -
Men: -
Victuals (months): -
Losses £: -
Letters of Marque issued against: Spain

Anyone of these is likely to be a better candidate for the ship you are interested in than the ship hired by the Royal Navy in the 1660s

Posted by Cy on Sunday 13th of January 2019 10:43

Simple answer is don't know. But it seems unlikely that the R.N. would hire a forty year old vessel.

Posted by Julia on Sunday 13th of January 2019 08:16

Is this same ship that ran from England to "James Citty Virginia Company" in 1624/5? If so what port did she sail out of? I am trying to find that ship the name is the same as
ship listed on "Virtual Jamestown". Thank you.

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