Rainbow

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Nominal Guns26B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Launched1586B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
ConstructorPeter Pett (1592-1652)BWAS-1603
CategorySecond RateB028
Ship TypeGalleon B028
Broken Up to Rebuild1617BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish Second Rate great ship 'Rainbow' (1617) (64)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Breadth32' 0"Imperial Feet9.7536 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen384Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen480Tons and Tonnage 

Armament


Broadside Weight = 238.25 Imperial Pound ( 108.0464 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck6 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Gun Deck7 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck1 British Saker

1588Broadside Weight = 296.5 Imperial Pound ( 134.4628 kg)TRN1
Gun Deck8 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck10 British Culverin
Gun Deck14 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck2 British Saker
Gun Deck20 British Light Guns

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1588250150 mariners, 24 gunners and 76 soldierTRN1
1603250 BWAS-1603

16 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1587CaptainWilliam BellinghamBWAS-16031588 - 5.1588CaptainHenry Palmer (c.1550-1611)BWAS-16035.1588 - 8.1588CaptainHugh SeymourBWAS-16038.1588 - 1590CaptainThomas GrayBWAS-16031590CaptainEdward FennerBWAS-16031594CaptainGeorge FennerBWAS-16031596 - 1597CaptainSir William Monson (1568-1643)BWAS-16031598 - 7.1599CaptainRichard LeversonBWAS-16037.1599 - 1.1600CaptainAlexander CliffordBWAS-16031.1600 - 8.1600CaptainRichard LeversonBWAS-16038.1600 - 2.1601CaptainAlexander CliffordBWAS-16032.1601 - 1601CaptainRichard LeversonBWAS-16031.1602 - 1603CaptainSir Robert Mansell (1573-1656)BWAS-16031603CaptainSackville TrevorBWAS-16031607 - 1608CaptainSir William Monson (1568-1643)BWAS-16031610 - 1612CaptainSir William Monson (1568-1643)BWAS-1603

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1589AdmiralSir Martin Frobisher (d.1593)NRS157

Service History


DateEventSource
1587Expedition to CadizBWAS-1603
5.1588The Spanish Armada
1596Expedition to CadizBWAS-1603
21.6.1596Attack on Cadiz Harbour
1597Expedition to the AzoresBWAS-1603
1598Channel guardBWAS-1603
1599In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1600In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1601Partially rebuiltBWAS-1603
1603In the ChannelBWAS-1603


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
TRN1The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
NRS157NRS Vol 157 - The Navy of Edward VI and Mary IEd. C. S. Knighton and David LoadesBook
 

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