Cheriton -> 1666 Speedwell

Nominal Guns22BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
First Commissioned4.1656B028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
ConstructorManley Callis (d.1657)B028
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Burthen232Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel76' 0"Imperial Feet23.1648 
Breadth24' 0"Imperial Feet7.3152 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Draught Aft11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen232 8094Tons BM 


1654Broadside Weight = 83 Imperial Pound ( 37.6406 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck16 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck4 British Saker

1666Broadside Weight = 99.5 Imperial Pound ( 45.1235 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck16 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
165490 BWAS-1603
166090 BWAS-1603
1666100 BWAS-1603
1667125Establishment for war abroadBWAS-1603
1667105Establishment for war at homeBWAS-1603
166780Establishment for peaceBWAS-1603

11 Commanding Officers

1656 - 1659CaptainJohn Parker (d.1666)BWAS-16031660CaptainHenry CuttanceBWAS-160313.2.1664/65 - 16.8.1666CaptainJohn Lightfoot (d.1667)BWAS-160318.8.1666 - 28.12.1667CaptainJohn Phenney (d.1667)BWAS-160320.12.1667 - 19.9.1668CaptainThomas BridgemanBWAS-16034.3.1668/69 - 4.11.1669CaptainJohn TyrwhittBWAS-16031672 - 1673CaptainRichard BorthwickBWAS-160312.3.1672/73 - 12.6.1674CaptainCharles SkeltonBWAS-160315.2.1674/75 - 29.3.1675CaptainJohn WyborneBWAS-160329.3.1675 - 19.11.1675CaptainDavid Trotter (d.1683)BWAS-160315.3.1675/76 - 29.6.1676CaptainJohn WoodBWAS-1603

1 Warrant Officer

6.5.1676 - 30.6.1676MasterGreenvill Collins (1643-1694)PMD

Service History

4.1656Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1508.0.0dBWAS-1603
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
5.1666Renamed SpeedwellBWAS-1603
12.3.1672/73Commissioned for the North Sea, later sailed for the StraitsBWAS-1603
1675In the North SeaBWAS-1603
15.3.1675/76Commissioned for a voyage to discover the North-East PassageBWAS-1603
29.6.1676Wrecked on Novaia Zemlia Island, 2 drownedBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659Edward Montagu (d.1672) 


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
PMDPrivate manuscript documents Book

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