Barbados Merchant

Nominal Guns8BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned15.9.1664BWAS-1603
CategoryHired VesselBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603
Bought by the Navy12.1665BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish fireship 'Barbados Merchant' (1666) (8)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel76' 0"Imperial Feet23.1648 
Breadth23' 6"Imperial Feet7.0612 
Depth in Hold10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Draught Aft11' 6"Imperial Feet3.5052 
Burthen223 2494Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
9.1664120 BWAS-1603

1 Commanding Officer

15.9.1664 - 2.11.1665CaptainJohn HeathBWAS-1603

Service History

8.1664Hired as a Fourth RateBWAS-1603
1.1665Sailed for the Guinea coastBWAS-1603
10.1665Returned homeBWAS-1603
12.1665Hire endedBWAS-1603


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Mike Draper on Monday 9th of April 2018 04:43

I see family members (Draper on this ship to Barbados and Virginia) Any further information on this ship and the people who sail on it.

Posted by Skip Dawley on Sunday 20th of October 2013 20:05

This is the ship my Ancestor came to America on. Michael Dawley is considered the first generation of Dawleys of Antrim County, Ireland, in 1654, came to America by serving an indenture as a yeoman on the ship Barbados Merchant to Roger Moore, a planter on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean Sea. He settled in the colony of Rhode Island to which he brought his family; a wife, and at least one child; John Dawley. Trying to find out what the ship was doing before the English owned it and why Micheal was on that particular ship with a servant from Barbados.

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