Mary Prize

Nominal Guns36BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fifth Rate ship 'Mary and Joseph' (1649) (36)
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1650120 BWAS-1603

3 Commanding Officers

1650 - 1651CaptainJames PaceyBWAS-16031653 - 25.3.1653CaptainWilliam Tunick (d.1653)BWAS-16034.1653 - 1654CaptainHenry MaddisonBWAS-1603

1 Commissioned Officer

19.7.1653 - 1654LieutenantRichard WhitheareSPD-1653-4

1 Warrant Officer

1653 - 18.2.1652/53MasterJohn Wackham (d.1652/53)SPD-1652-3

Service History

2.4.1650Upon the motion of Col. Deane as to buying the Mary prize for the service, there being 150l. charged upon Sir Hen. Vane by Mr. Walley, for supplying the ship with victuals this winter on the coast of Ireland, to recommend to the Council of State that the Navy Committee should issue an order to the Navy Commissioners to contract with Col. Deane for the ship, when the Navy Committee will issue their bill for the allowance of the said bill for 150l.SPD-1650
27.11.1651At Chatham, fittingSPD-1651-2
25.3.1652As Capt. Wm. Tunick, commander of the Mary prize, was going on shore at Yarmouth to take order as to some sick men on board, his boat was overset with a gust of wind, and he and six more were drowned.SPD-1652-3
8.12.1652At the Nore having "taken in her beer, but is waiting for other provisions"SPD-1652-3
16.12.1652Being victualledSPD-1652-3
1653In the Sound for WinterBWAS-1603
1.2.1652/53The Admiralty commissioneers "give notice to Captain Witheridge, who is to command the Mary prize"SPD-1652-3
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.3.1652/53The Commissioners for sick and wounded "Recommend the widow of Capt. Thos. Pacey of the Nicodemus for 100l., her sons, Capt. James and Nich. Pacey, being lost in the Mary prize. Have given her 10l. of the sum"SPD-1650
13.3.1652/53Sailed from ChathamSPD-1653-4
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
4.7.1653The Mary prize has come up from Chatham to the Hope, but wants a steward. She was without provisions; has given a warrant to the clerk of the check for sufficient for 54 menSPD-1653-4
12.7.1653Capt. Hen. Maddison "Has all his provisions and men, and when the surgeon and orders arrive, shall be ready to sail to the fleet."SPD-1653-4
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
19.8.1653General Monck reports "...Some of our ships suffered loss in the storm yesterday, and the King Ferdinando, Mary prize, and Sampson are so disabled that they will not be in a condition to sail with Capt. Lawson, but will come with the remaining part of the fleet, which I hope will sail from hence the latter end of next week..."SPD-1653-4
2.10.1653Sailed from HarwichSPD-1653-4
10.4.1654Having seen the Hull fleet into the Humber, came with the light colliers to Tynemouth. Met 3 Dutch men-of-war, but could not overtake them; also the Assurance (40) and Amity (36) bound for the Dogger to join the ships there. Wants 50 men and could not get on shore to procure them through the storms.SPD-1654
20.4.1654In Tynemouth harbour, "as been cruising between Coquet Island and Whitby"SPD-1654
26.4.1654In Tynemouth harbourSPD-1654
19.5.1654Convoyed some colliers to the Humber. Hearing there was a pirate of 8 guns at sea, sent the Red Hart (6) to lie between the Spurm and Norfolk to prevent his doing any mischief; will lie himself between the Spurm and Tynemouth Bar to clear the coast of all such pirates. Desires an order to Newcastle to supply him with a boat.SPD-1654
13.7.1654At Tynemouth "wants a boat having lost the other"SPD-1654
2.8.1654Has been cruising on the coast 4 months, but did not meet with anyone interfering with the free passage of the colliers, although he heard that Capt. Carey, a privateer, was about. Is going to Tynemouth for water, and desires orders as to victualling, having only sufficient for 6 weeks; his ship is very foul.SPD-1654
8.8.1654At GravesendSPD-1654
1.3.1654/55Admiralty commissioners order the refitting of eight ships for the Western expedition, including the Mary PrizeSPD-1654
23.3.1654/55Navy commissioners order the appointment of a Boatswain to the Mary Prize fitting at DeptfordSPD-1654
18.5.1655The Mary fly boat to be refitted and set forth for the western expedition, instead of the Mary prize, found unserviceableSPD-1655


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