Nominal Guns36B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyBritish hired frigate 'Merchant Frigate' (1649) (30)
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Burthen375Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB022
Length of Keel90' 0"Imperial Feet27.432 
Breadth28' 0"Imperial Feet8.5344 
Depth in Hold11' 4"Imperial Feet3.4544 
Burthen375Imperial Feet0.0254 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel90' 0"Imperial Feet27.432 
Breadth28' 0"Imperial Feet8.5344 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Aft15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen375 3094Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 209.5 Imperial Pound ( 95.0086 kg)B022
Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Gun Deck14 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck14 British Saker

1666Broadside Weight = 204 Imperial Pound ( 92.5143 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Gun Deck14 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck12 British Saker

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

7 Commanding Officers

1650 - 1651CaptainJohn Coppin (d.1666)BWAS-16031651 - 15.8.1652CaptainMichael Packe (d.1652)BWAS-160316.8.1652 - 1660CaptainHenry PackeBWAS-160320.12.1660 - 26.12.1661CaptainJohn StokesB05123.5.1664 - 9.6.1666CaptainJohn Parker (d.1666)BWAS-160310.6.1666 - 26.7.1666CaptainWilliam Finch (d.1673)BWAS-160328.7.1666 - 6.11.1667CaptainStephen Pyend (d.1674)B051

1 Commissioned Officer

1664LieutenantThomas TraffordW014

1 Warrant Officer

18.1.1649/50 - 1650PurserJohn PriceSPD-1649

Service History

1650Part of the Winter Guard - Supporting the Army in ScotlandW015
1651Part of Sir George Ayscues squadron sent to BarbadosW014
16.8.1652Battle of Plymouth
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
9.1654Part of Robert Blake's squadron for the SeaW015
4.4.1655Battle of Porto Farina
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1666Refitted as a 38 gunner
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1651-1652Fleet sent to BarbadosSir George Ayscue (d.1672) 
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659Edward Montagu (d.1672) 

Notes on Ship

Former Merchantman Merchant Frigate hired in November 1649 and then purchased by the Navy

From:House of Commons Journal Volume 6: 2 March 1650

That this House doth approve of the Buying of The Merchant Frigate, now called The Amity, for the Service of the State.

Captain Michael Packe died of wounds suffered at the Battle of Plymouth, he was succeeded in command by his brother Henry.


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