Nominal Guns38B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich B065
Constructor Peter Pett (1610-1672)B065
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeFrigate B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1681B028
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate ship of the line 'Tiger' (1681) (46)


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 Peacock (d.1653)BWAS-16031649 - 1653Captain James Peacock (d.1653)TRN21652Captain William Chant (d.1652)BWAS-160325.1.1652/53 - 3.1652/53Captain Edmund Seaman (d.1666)BWAS-16033.1652/53 - 4.1653Captain John SeniorBWAS-16034.1653 - 1660Captain Gabriel SandersB1351.3.1664/65 - 2.5.1665Captain Phineas Pett (d.1665)BWAS-160310.5.1666 - 16.11.1667Captain John Wetwang (d.1684)BWAS-160325.4.1668 - 18.9.1668Captain Nicholas Parker (d.1668)BWAS-160319.9.1668 - 1669Captain John EarleBWAS-160321.3.1671/72 - 25.6.1672Captain John Turner (d.1672)BWAS-160326.6.1672 - 25.7.1674Captain Thomas Harman (d.1677)BWAS-1603

1 Flag Officer

9.8.1666 - 10.8.1666Rear-Admiral of the RedSir Robert Holmes (1622-1692)BWAS-1603

3 Commissioned Officers

1666LieutenantSir Thomas Gardiner (d.1679)W0143.1667/68 - 5.1669Lieutenant Ralph Delavall (c.1641-1706/7)ODNB1671Lieutenant William BurkeW014

4 Warrant Officers

1649Purser Robert KellumSPD-16495.4.1649 - 1649Purser Clement CoxenSPD-164912.12.1649 - 1649Boatswain John Wager (d.1656)SPD-16491650 - 1651Carpenter Robert ClayB117

2 Petty Officers

1647 - 3.1647/48Master's Mate William YoungerB1171650 - 1651Boatswain's Mate Charles Wager (d.1664/65)B117

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) captor attribution is uncertain
1649Took the Privateer Adventure
14.2.1648/49Took the Ship Mary Antrim (14)
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)
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)
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 BowspritB135
1653In the Thames for the Winter of 1653/54BWAS-1603
2.1653Took the Pelican frigate, "a freebooter of Flushing"B135
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

1666Refitted 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
1677Refitted 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 Blake (1598-1657) 
9.9.1652-14.10.1652British Baltic Fleet 1652 Andrew Ball (d.1653) 
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659 Edward Montagu (d.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. 1652B135
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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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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