Prudent Mary

Nominal Guns6BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish hired ship 'Prudent Mary' (1652) (28)
First Commissioned7.5.1673BWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603
Expended as Fireship11.8.1673BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel76' 0"Imperial Feet23.1648 
Breadth27' 0"Imperial Feet8.2296 
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Draught Aft12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen294 6694Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.167345 BWAS-1603

1 Commanding Officer

7.5.1673 - 11.8.1673Captain Christopher Billop (1650-1725)BWAS-1603

Service History

11.8.1673Battle of Texel


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Andy on Monday 22nd of June 2020 21:43

Hi, I’m researching a gentleman who sailed to Boston in 1661, apparently onboard the Prudent Mary. Is this that ship? and are there and illustrations/ paintings of the ship to be found?

Many thanks.

Posted by Cy on Thursday 9th of January 2020 21:48

Not sure about the regicides ship, but the East India Company was founded with a charter from Elizabeth 1st on 31st Dec. 1600.
I'm afraid I fail to see any reason not to use an East India company ship, except that they generally sailed to the East Indies and not the Americas, so will be going the wrong way.
During 1660 this vessel was in private ownership so is certainly a possiblity.

Posted by Lori H on Thursday 9th of January 2020 17:48

I'm looking for the Prudent Mary that Captain Daniel Gookin sailed with the regicides from Gravesend England on 12 May 1660, landed in Boston on 27 July 1660.
It was not in service to the East India Company - Thomas Myddleton of Chirk Wales formed the East India Company and financed Charles II to regain the throne, so the regicides would not have used one of the East India ships.

Posted by Jon Miller on Monday 1st of July 2019 19:01

Was this the ship that carried Puritans, including the regicides Edward Whalley and William Goffe, from Gravesend to Boston- departed 5/14, arrived July 27, 1660?

Posted by Cy on Thursday 23rd of May 2019 15:03

Sorry, that's a different Prudent Mary. This one was burnt as a fireship in 1673.
There was a Prudent Mary in EIC service 1682-88 that would be a better candidate, but it's not on Three Decks yet.

Posted by Barry M Watson on Thursday 23rd of May 2019 13:42

I recently obtained the Will of James Watson 1692 a mariner and relative of mine. (Court of Canterbury)
He is about to sail to East India in the Prudent Mary in the service of the East India Company. He state the Captain to be Captain LAKE

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