Nominal Guns56B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
First Commissioned1653B028
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Constructor Phineus Pett (1628-1678)B065
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
BecomesDutch Third Rate ship of the line 'Essex' (1666) (50)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel118' 0"Imperial Feet35.9664 
Breadth32' 3"Imperial Feet9.7917 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Draught Aft17' 0"Imperial Feet5.1816 
Burthen652Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel118' 0"Imperial Feet35.9664 
Breadth32' 3"Imperial Feet9.7917 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen652 5794Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 437 Imperial Pound ( 198.1796 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck12 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Gun Deck28 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck4 British Saker

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1653250 BWAS-1603
1660200 BWAS-1603
1666260Establishment for war abroadBWAS-1603
1666200Establishment for war at homeBWAS-1603
1666160Establishment for peaceBWAS-1603

10 Commanding Officers

1653 - 7.1653Captain William BrandleyBWAS-16037.1653 - 1654Captain Robert Sanders (d.1666/67)BWAS-16031654Captain John BourneBWAS-16031656 - 1657Captain Jeremy Smith (d.1675)BWAS-16031657Captain William WhitehorneBWAS-16031659Captain John Hayward (d.1673)BWAS-16031660 - 1661Captain Thomas Bunn (d.1662)B0517.8.1663 - 14.8.1664Captain James Smith (d.1664)B05120.9.1664 - 5.1.1665/66Captain Richard Utber (d.1669)B05115.8.1665 - 4.6.1666Captain William Reeves (d.1673)B051

1 Flag Officer

2.6.1653 - 7.1653General at Sea Robert Blake (1598-1657)B146

Service History

2.6.1653General Blake in the Essex set sail with the several ships with him who were this morning no lower down than Shoeburyness, the wind being Northerly and little windB146
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
6.9.1653Off the coast of HollandB146
1654John Bourne was appointed to sail in the Essex in command of a squadron of six ships destined for the protection of the Newfoundland fisheriesTRN2
1655Began repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1603
1656Completed repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1603
1659Operations in the SoundBWAS-1603
1664In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1.6.1666Four Days Battle


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659 Edward Montagu (d.1672) 

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