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Nominal Guns38B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich B065
Peter PettBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1610-1672
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeFrigateB028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1681B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel99' 0"Imperial Feet30.1752 
Breadth29' 4"Imperial Feet8.8505 
Depth in Hold14' 8"Imperial Feet4.318 
Burthen453Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Keel100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Breadth29' 6"Imperial Feet8.8561 
Burthen457Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB032
Length of Keel99' 0"Imperial Feet30.1752 
Breadth29' 4"Imperial Feet8.8505 
Depth in Hold14' 8"Imperial Feet4.318 
Burthen442Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel99' 0"Imperial Feet30.1752 
Breadth29' 4"Imperial Feet8.8505 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Draught Aft14' 8"Imperial Feet4.318 
Burthen453 1-9$Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 213 Imperial Pound ( 96.5958 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Gun Deck16 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck12 British Saker

1677Broadside Weight = 263 Imperial Pound ( 119.2706 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Gun Deck18 British 6-Pound Saker
Gun Deck4 British Saker

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1660160 BWAS-1603
1677190 BWAS-1603

12 Ship Commanders

1647 - 1652Captain
James PeacockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1643-1653
1649 - 1653Captain
James PeacockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1643-1653
William ChantBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1652
25.1.1652/53 - 3.1652/53Captain
Edmund SeamanBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1638-1650
3.1652/53 - 4.1653Captain
John SeniorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1653
4.1653 - 1660Captain
Gabriel SandersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1600-1660
1.3.1664/65 - 2.5.1665Captain
Phineas PettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1642
10.5.1666 - 16.11.1667Captain
John WetwangBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1653-1687
25.4.1668 - 18.9.1668Captain
Nicholas ParkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1628-1668
19.9.1668 - 1669Captain
John EarleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1664-1669
21.3.1671/72 - 25.6.1672Captain
John TurnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1672
26.6.1672 - 25.7.1674Captain
Thomas HarmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1671-1677

1 Flag Officer

9.8.1666 - 10.8.1666Rear-Admiral of the Red
Sir Robert HolmesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1660-1672

3 Commissioned Officers

Sir Thomas GardinerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1666-1679
3.1667/68 - 5.1669Lieutenant
Ralph DelavallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1666-1698
William BurkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1679

4 Warrant Officers

Robert KellumBritish
Naval Sailor
5.4.1649 - 1649Purser
Clement CoxenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1649
12.12.1649 - 1649Boatswain
John WagerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1649-1656
1650 - 1651Carpenter
Robert ClayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1650-1660

2 Petty Officers

1647 - 3.1647/48Master's Mate
William YoungerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1647-1667
1650 - 1651Boatswain's Mate
Charles WagerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1650-1666

Service History

1647Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2912.0.0dBWAS-1603
9.1648In the DownsBWAS-1603
1649On the Irish StationTRN2
1649Took the Ship
Mary and Joseph (36) 1649-1649
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Ship
captor attribution is uncertain

1649Took the Privateer
Adventure 1649-1649
British Privateer Unknown

14.2.1648/49Took the Ship
Mary Antrim (14) 1649-1649
British 14 Gun
6th Rate Ship

10.3.1649/50Blockade of the Tagus
10.1650Took a Portugese 36-gun frigateBWAS-1603
1651Escorting a Mediterranean convoyBWAS-1603
10.1651Took the Ship
Falcon (18) 1651-1651
British 18 Gun
5th Rate Ship

1652In Home WatersBWAS-1603

Ordered to Yarmouth by the Council of State


Ordered by the Council of State to join General Blake in the Downs


Action against two Dutch warships in company with Laurel

17.6.1652In the fleet at the DownsW014
9.9.1652Left Yarmouth as part of Andrew Ball's squadron bound for the Sound
20.9.1652The squadron arrived off the Sound, but were refused passage by the DanishNWB
27.9.1652The squadron left the Sound bound for EnglandNWB
9.10.1652Took the Ship
Vergulde Zon (28) 1652-1653
Dutch 28 Gun
Hired Ship

14.10.1652The squadron arrived in Bridlington BayNWB
18.10.1652Put into Yarmouth with a small squadron and twenty prizesTRN2
27.11.1652In Lee road waiting for a new BowspritNRS030
1653In the Thames for the Winter of 1653/54BWAS-1603
2.1653Took the Pelican frigate, "a freebooter of Flushing"NRS030
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
6.1660At HomeBWAS-1603

Brought a "prize, a ship of war of 18 guns mounted and 15 brass guns in her hold" with a crew of about 70 into Portsmouth. She was captured after a short action and a 30 hour pursuit


Put to sea from Plymouth


Brought two prizes into Portsmouth

1666Rerated as a 40 gunner

"Yesterday arrived here Portsmouth the Tiger Frigate who brought in with her a prize, being a ship of Rotterdam of 250 tuns and 9 guns, laden with Wine, Brandy and Prunes. The next day after the taking of this vessel. she met with a Zeeland Caper of 40 guns well manned, with whom she fought three hours, Captain Pett, commander of the Tiger, being unfortunalty shot at the first broad-side: Notwithstanding his loss, the frigate maintained the fight with much gallantry and resolution, which forced tioe Caper to trust more to his sails than his guns, and ran for it; the Frigate pursuing five or six hours; but their sails and tackle having received much damage, the Caper got away, and the Tiger returned with her prize, having received in her Hull 52 shot, 5 men besides the Captain slain and about 20 wounded."

25.7.1666St James Day Battle
9.8.1666Holmes' Bonfire
1668Service in the Mediteranean with Sir Thomas Allen
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
22.2.1673/74Tiger vs Schakerlo
1677Rerated as a 44 gunner
1681Rebuilt at DeptfordBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1649-1650Winter Guard of 1649  
14.2.1649/50-1652Fleet sent to Lisbon
Robert BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1649-1657
9.9.1652-14.10.1652British Baltic Fleet 1652
Andrew BallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1648-1653
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659
Edward MontaguBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1656-1672

Notes on Ship

Orders from the C.O.S. to Capt. Peacock 19th Jan. 1652SPD-1651-2
To receive John Midwood on board, and transport him and some books and papers to Scotland.
Orders from the C.O.S. to Capt. Peacock 19th Jan. 1652SPD-1651-2
To receive £80,000 on board, and deliver it to the Treasurers-at-war at Leith
Letter from captain Peacock to Robert Coytmor 18th Oct. 1652NRS030
Honoured Sir, This is to entreat you to acquaint the Right Honourable the Council of State and the Committee for the Admiralty of my safe arrival in Yarmouth Roads this day, and about twenty prizes, besides a man-of-war called the Morning Star, being the same vessel that took the merchantman at Elsinore, with whom, having had an hour or two dispute, I boarded them and took them with the loss of my bowsprit, but I had never a man killed, God be praised, but I killed 16 of them and wounded 18 very dangerous, which men I have sent home in one of the prizes with 120 men in her. I hope it will be taken to be the best way to be rid of them, for there was in all of them 430. We set the man-of-war's men on shore in Burlington.

As for the squadron, I have appointed 3 to go to Tynemouth to conduct the colliers' fleet that be there, and receiving intelligence from Hall that a considerable fleet was there laden with lead, I have appointed three to go thither to conduct them. The Recovery having sprung a great leak at sea, and the Elizabeth her mast being shot in fight with three Hollander men-of-war, coming out of the Sound, are gone to Hull. Thus desiring you to acquaint the Council of my bowsprit being lost, that order may be taken to send me one down to Harwich, or whether I shall come up for not had any supply since I came out in February last. If the honourable Council pleaseth to order me to stay out this winter I shall want a suit of sails, and one new cable, and boatswain's and carpenter's and gunner's stores, and so shall all the whole squadron. The Star frigate doth so leak, that she will not be fit to stay out this winter, but there will be great want of her, he being so pliant a man. On this coast, as he is here, be divers small men-of-war lying among the sands. I desire to know their Honours' pleasure touching the victualling of the whole squadron, how long, and where, in all which I crave your favourable furtherance, whereby I may be sensible of the Council's pleasure herein, and you shall ever command him that is already

Your most humble servant,


Dated on board the Tiger this 18th October, 1652. Yarmouth Roads.

I would make a whole narrative . . . where the ship Antelope was cast away, but that Captain Ball is gone ashore and is taken post from Burlington to London to give a direct account of that sad disaster, which so unfortunately fell out contrary to expectation. No more but that I am yours,


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Posted by Brian on Wednesday 20th of January 2016 02:43

London Gazette 1667 Kinsale Sept. 13: This day was brought into this harbour a Ketch, retaken by Captain Wetwang, Commander of the Tyger, in her return from Newfoundland, about 70 leagues to the West South West of Sci??y, having in her about 30 Frenchmen and four English.

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