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Berkeley Castle

Nominal Guns46BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned5.1689BWAS-1603
CategoryHired VesselBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShipBWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck97' 6"Imperial Feet29.5874 
Breadth32' 6"Imperial Feet9.8298 
Burthen547 7494Tons BM 

6 Ship Commanders

William TollemacheBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1688-1691
John CroftsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1673-1690
bef.13.8.1690 - aft.24.12.1690Captain
Clifford ChamberlinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1691
ADM 106
Richard KempthorneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691
Christopher MyngsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1684-1707
13.3.1693/94 - 25.10.1695Captain
Willliam BeawesBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1694-1695
† Discharged Dead

2 Petty Officers

1695 - 25.10.1695Volunteer-per-order
John HemmingtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1747
ADM 6/3/116
ADM 6/3
Peter TrumanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 6/3/95
ADM 6/3

1 Crewman

19.7.1691 - 8.4.1693Able Seaman
Henry DoyleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1691-1696
ADM 107/1/74
ADM 107/1

Service History

13.8.1695Left the Downs in company with
Devonshire (80) 1692-1704
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Prince of Orange and three Dutch men-of war, as convoy to 60 merchantmen bound for the Straits

Captain William Beawes, Berkeley Castle, Longreach. The Clerk of the Cheque at Woolwich attended on board in order to turn over the Seamen to the Burlington and asked for the books to be made up to that time. As the ship is being discharged, asks for the books to be made up for the full time, which will be for a few days more.

ADM 106
25.10.1695Taken by
Le Bon (56) 1693-1703
French 56 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
after 3 hours , given up after Bastard de Fontenay board with his men the ship.

Captain William Beawes, the hired ship Berkeley Castle, Woolwich. He has sent pay and slop books, and brought the ship to Woolwich, put out his guns and stores and only empty casks and a little bread remain on board. He hopes to get to Deptford today as desired by the owners and requests a warrant for the Master Attendant to help get the rest out as he has no men left on board except the officers.

ADM 106


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Posted by Cy on Sunday 13th of January 2019 16:59

Where did you get Valntine Pynes as commander from?

Posted by Steven Wacker on Saturday 12th of January 2019 22:34

I have that Valentine Pynes was the commander of this ship in 1691. Thank you for your time, Steven

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