Nominal Guns26BWAS-1603
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyDutch Merchant ship 'Berkouter Kerk van Saardam' (1653) (26)
First Commissioned1654
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel69' 0"Imperial Feet21.0312 
Breadth23' 0"Imperial Feet7.0104 
Depth in Hold9' 6"Imperial Feet2.8956 
Draught Aft10' 8"Imperial Feet3.2512 
Burthen194 1494Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1654110 BWAS-1603

2 Commanding Officers

1654 - 1655CaptainMark HarrisonBWAS-16031656 - 1659CaptainSimon EvansBWAS-1603

Service History

1.7.1653At Nantasket, near Boston, New EnglandW015
21.7.1653In the John River, Bay of FundyW015
30.8.1653On the coast of AcadiaW015
31.8.1653At Penobscot, Coast of De La Cadie, New EnglandW015
1.11.1653Ordered to be taken into serviceBWAS-1603
1659Hulked at HarwichBWAS-1603

Notes on Ship

Dutch mercantile Berkhouter Kerk van Saardam or Kerk van Graveling
In the New World 21st July 1653W015
Mark Harrison to the Commissioners of the Admiralty. Since his last "it hath pleased the Lord to give into our hands from the French" the fort commonly called St. John's Fort; in it were near ninety persons, about seventy men, nineteen pieces of ordnance, sixteen "bases and murderers," with other arms enough for three times as many men, not much beaver, but a considerable quantity of skins. The terms upon which they surrendered were that they should be transported to France, have their clothes and single arms, forty days' victuals, and march out of the Fort with colours flying and match burning at both ends, and drum sticks. The Major intends with speed to go for Fort Royal, ten leagues from this place; it is a considerable place, but not so strong as is already taken.

on board the States Ship Church

In the New World 30th August 1653W015
Mark Harrison to the Commissioners of the Admiralty at "Whight Hall." Since his last [see preceding abstract], "it hath pleased God to give us the fort commonly called Fort Royal," which they took the 8th inst. In it were 113 men, twenty-three great guns besides others, arms for 500 men, fifty barrels of powder, and shot proportionable, and a great quantity of provisions; also a ship of about 200 tons and 16 guns, partly laden with brandy, French wines, &c. The ship was given them to carry the Frenchmen taken in the fort to France, only the guns, powder, and shot were taken out. Are now at Penobscot, where the French have a small fort yet in their possession, but expect it from them daily; it is a place of good trade with the Indians. Not any more French inhabiting this coast. Sept. 9th.—Since writing the above have taken Penobscot Fort, and are now arrived at Piscataqua

on board the Church


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
W015English Parliamentary JournalsVariousWeb Site

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