Nominal Guns28B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Designed by William Burrell (c.1570-1630)B028
Constructor William Burrell (c.1570-1630)BWAS-1603
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeMiddling Ship B028
Sunk in Action4.3.1652/53B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel96' 0"Imperial Feet29.2608 
Breadth32' 5"Imperial Feet9.8171 
Depth in Hold13' 5"Imperial Feet4.0047 
Burthen674Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel98' 0"Imperial Feet29.8704 
Breadth32' 5"Imperial Feet9.8171 
Depth in Hold15' 8"Imperial Feet4.6126 
Burthen557Tons and Tonnage 
Burthen567 6394Tons BM 
Burthen418Baker's Rule Tons 


1625Broadside Weight = 129.5 Imperial Pound ( 58.7285 kg)B065
Gun Deck4 British Culverin
Gun Deck14 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker
Gun Deck2 British Minions
Gun Deck4 British Fowler

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

24 Ship Commanders

1623Captain William St LegerBWAS-16037.1623 - 1624Captain Edward ChristianBWAS-16031624 - 1625Captain Thomas LoveBWAS-16031625Captain CollinsBWAS-16031627CaptainSir John Chudleigh (c.1584-aft.1633/34)BWAS-16035.1631 - 1633Captain John Pennington (d.1646)BWAS-16031633 - 2.1634Captain Thomas KettlebyBWAS-16032.1634 - 1634Captain Richard PlumleighBWAS-16031636Captain Henry StradlingBWAS-16031637Vice-Admiral Henry MervynBWAS-16031639Captain Richard FieldingBWAS-16031641Captain David MurrayBWAS-16031642 - 10.1642Captain Henry StradlingBWAS-16031643 - 1644Captain Richard SwanleyBWAS-16031644 - 1645Captain Henry BethellBWAS-16031646Captain Benjamin CrandleyBWAS-16031646 - 1647Captain Walter MaynardBWAS-16031647Captain John CrowtherBWAS-16031648Admiral John CrowtherBWAS-160315.10.1649 - 3.1649/50Captain Robert HackwellSPD-16493.1649/50 - 1651Captain Leonard Harris (d.1680)BWAS-160330.6.1651 - 1652Captain John Witheridge (d.1652/53)SPD-16511652 - 1653Captain Owen Cox (d.1653)BWAS-16031653 - 4.3.1652/53Captain Stephen Lyme (d.1652/53)BWAS-1603

Service History

1623Voyage to SpainBWAS-1603
1625At CadizBWAS-1603
1625Attack on Cadiz
21.11.1627Driven onto rocks at PlymouthBWAS-1603
1629Repaired at ChathamBWAS-1603
1633Refitted as a 30 gun Third Rate
1634Guard of the Irish coastBWAS-1603
1636In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1642Summer Guard in the Irish SeaW015
10.1642Surrendered to Parliamentary forces at NewcastleBWAS-1603
1643In the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
1644In the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
1645In the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
1648Flagship in the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
1649Operations against Royalist bases in the Isles of ScillyBWAS-1603
10.3.1649/50Blockade of the Tagus
1652Refitted as a 40 gun Third Rate
1653Refitted as a 44 gun Third Rate
4.3.1652/53Battle of Leghorn


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1637-1637Ships Lent to the Prince Elector  
1642-1642Summer Guard of the Irish Sea 1642 Thomas Kettleby 
1645-1645Summer Guard of 1645  
1647-1648Winter Guard of 1647 Thomas Rainsborough 
9.1649-1650Winter Guard of 1649  
14.2.1649/50-1652Fleet sent to Lisbon Robert Blake (1598-1657) 

Notes on Ship

C.O.S letter to John Witheridge, 30th June 1651SPD-1651
To be captain of the Bonadventure, on recommendation of the Admiralty Committee.


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