Golden Lion

Red Lion
Nominal Guns36NRS157
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtNRS157
CategorySecond RateNRS157
Ship TypeGalleon NRS157
Broken Up to Rebuild1582NRS157
BecomesBritish Third Rate galleon 'Lion' (1582) (60)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel94' 0"Imperial Feet28.6512 
Breadth32' 0"Imperial Feet9.7536 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen421Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen526Tons and Tonnage 


1588Broadside Weight = 225.25 Imperial Pound ( 102.1511 kg)TRN1
Gun Deck4 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck8 British Culverin
Gun Deck14 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck9 British Saker
Gun Deck3 British Light Guns

1603Broadside Weight = 224.75 Imperial Pound ( 101.92435 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck4 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck8 British Culverin
Gun Deck14 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck9 British Saker
Gun Deck1 British Falcon
Gun Deck8 British Fowler

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1557280 NRS157
1559330 NRS157
1582280 NRS157
1588250150 mariners, 24 gunners and 76 soldierTRN1
1593200 NRS157
1603250 BWAS-1603

5 Commanding Officers

1559 - 1560AdmiralWilliam Wynter (1525-1589)NRS1571562CaptainJohn ConstableNRS1571562 - 7.1563CaptainSir Thomas Cotton (d.1585)NRS1577.1563 - 8.1563CaptainJohn ConstableNRS1579.1563 - 11.1563CaptainHenry TirrelNRS157

3 Flag Officers

1557 - 1558Lord High AdmiralSir Edward Fiennes de Clinton (9th Baron Clinton) (1512-1585)NRS1571562AdmiralWilliam HolstockNRS1571563AdmiralSir Thomas Cotton (d.1585)NRS157

Service History

1559Commissioned for the coast of ScotlandBWAS-1603
22.5.1563Siege of Le Havre
1597Expedition to the AzoresBWAS-1603
1599With the Medway guardBWAS-1603
8.1599With the Channel guardBWAS-1603
1601With the Thames guardBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
7.1597-10.1597Expedition to the Azores  

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