Constant Warwick

Nominal Guns32B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyBritish hired frigate 'Constant Warwick' (1645) (32)
ShipyardRatcliffe - London W022
Designed by Peter Pett (1610-1672)W022
Constructor Peter Pett (1610-1672)B028
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeFrigate B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate frigate 'Constant Warwick' (1666) (34)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel85' 0"Imperial Feet25.908 
Breadth27' 0"Imperial Feet8.2296 
Depth in Hold12' 8"Imperial Feet3.7592 
Burthen342Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB032
Length of Keel85' 0"Imperial Feet25.908 
Breadth26' 5"Imperial Feet7.946 
Depth in Hold13' 2"Imperial Feet3.9793 
Burthen315Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 189.5 Imperial Pound ( 85.9385 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Gun Deck12 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1689150Establishment for war at homeB032
1689180Establishment for war abroadB032

6 Ship Commanders

29.12.1649 - 1651Captain Robert Moulton (d.1652)SPD-16491651 - 5.1651Captain ? UpshottBWAS-16031651 - 1652Captain Owen Cox (d.1653)BWAS-16031653 - 10.1656Captain Richard PotterBWAS-16031.1657 - 1657Captain Robert VesseyBWAS-16031.6.1661 - 1.8.1663CaptainSir Robert Kirby (d.1665)B051

2 Commissioned Officers

1661Lieutenant Michael Lindsey (d.1667)B0511665Lieutenant Peter Edwards (d.1673)B051

2 Warrant Officers

29.12.1649 - 1649Master Henry MaplesSPD-16498.1.1649/50 - 1650Cook Edward BurtW015

Service History

25.4.1649In company with the took the Royalist in irish waters
25.4.1649Took the Ship Charles (30) in Irish Waters
22.5.1649Arrived off KinsaleTRN2
10.3.1649/50Blockade of the Tagus
9.1650In Cadiz with Blake's FleetTRN2
1651In the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
28.8.1652Battle of Elba
1653Off the Dutch coast during the winterBWAS-1603
4.3.1652/53Battle of Leghorn
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
3.1653/54Captured the Brest privateer of 42 guns, but carrying only 30, commanded by Sir Richard BeachW025
6.1660At PlymouthBWAS-1603
1662At TangierBWAS-1603
1663Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1649-1650Winter Guard of 1649  
14.2.1649/50-1652Fleet sent to Lisbon Robert Blake (1598-1657) 

Notes on Ship

House of Commons Journal Volume 6 13th January 1649W015
Ordered, That the Ship Constant Warwick be forthwith seized into the Hands of the State.

Ordered, That the Ship Constant Warwick be forthwith employed as the State's Ship, in this present Service of the State, for the Winter Guard: And that the Committee of the Navy do treat with Merchants, for the present victualing and manning the said Ship.

Ordered, That Captain Ingle be recommended to the Committee, to be the Commander of the said Ship: And that the Lord Admiral be required to grant him a Commission accordingly.


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Roger Grant on Saturday 25th of November 2017 15:07
gives other details from 1645:
Constant Warwick,
[commander]Jo. Gilson,
300 tons
120 men
26 guns
In 1652:
Constant Warwick
Owen Cox
In 1659:

To Captain Robert Vessey, his Commission to be Commander of the Constant Warwick Frigate.

Posted by Roger Grant on Saturday 25th of November 2017 14:58
Above ref to Rushworth Private Passages of State may be of interest.
Also (but less informative)

110 men is given as rew no. in 1655:

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