Assistance

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Nominal Guns34B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
Ordered12.1649BWAS-1603
Launched1650B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1603
ConstructorSir Henry Johnson (1624-1683)B028
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up to Rebuild1687BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Assistance' (1687) (50)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Gundeck121' 0"Imperial Feet36.8808 
Breadth31' 0"Imperial Feet9.4488 
Burthen521Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB022
Length of Gundeck121' 5 ½"Imperial Feet36.8935 
Length of Keel102' 0"Imperial Feet31.0896 
Breadth31' 0"Imperial Feet9.4488 
Depth in Hold15' 5"Imperial Feet4.5974 
Burthen521 1394Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck121' 0"Imperial Feet36.8808 
Length of Keel101' 6"Imperial Feet30.9372 
Breadth30' 10"Imperial Feet9.144 
Depth in Hold15' 5"Imperial Feet4.5974 
Burthen513 2694Tons BM 

Armament


1666Broadside Weight = 299 Imperial Pound ( 135.5966 kg)B022
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck20 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck4 British Saker

1677Broadside Weight = 304.5 Imperial Pound ( 138.0909 kg)B022
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck20 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck6 British Saker

1685Broadside Weight = 313.5 Imperial Pound ( 142.1724 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck22 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck6 British Saker

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1650150 BWAS-1603
2.6.1653160Establishment (at the [Battle of the Gabbard])B022
1660140EstablishmentB022
1666170 BWAS-1603
1.7.1673220On a voyage abroadADM8-DB

14 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1650 - 1653CaptainJohn BourneBWAS-16031653 - 18.2.1652/53Rear-Admiral of the BlueJohn BourneBWAS-16034.1653 - 1654CaptainWilliam CrispinBWAS-16031654 - 1660CaptainThomas SparlingBWAS-160310.4.1662 - 9.8.1662CaptainWilliam Berkeley (1639-1666)BWAS-160315.9.1665 - 31.12.1666CaptainZachary BrowneB0511.1.1670/71 - 19.7.1671CaptainJohn Hubbard (d.1671)B05120.8.1671 - 9.9.1671CaptainJohn Wilgress (d.1671)BWAS-16031672CaptainRalph Lassells (d.1677)BWAS-16037.1.1672/73 - 7.11.1674CaptainRichard Munden (1640-1680)BWAS-160315.5.1675 - 16.11.1676CaptainWilliam HouldingB0515.11.1677 - 13.4.1679CaptainSir Thomas Gardiner (d.1679)BWAS-160313.6.1679 - 4.12.1679CaptainJames Barber (d.1691/92)BWAS-160315.5.1680 - 28.7.1682CaptainSir Robert RobinsonB051

10 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1660LieutenantHumphrey ConningsbyW0141661LieutenantPhilemon Bacon (d.1666)W01420.5.1661 - 9.4.1662CaptainEdward Wye (d.1662)BWAS-16031662 - 9.4.1662LieutenantWilliam Berkeley (1639-1666)B0511664LieutenantJohn Robinson (d.1690)B0511664LieutenantJohn ShelleyW0141666LieutenantRalph Saunderson (d.1699)W0141672LieutenantCharles HowardBWAS-16031673LieutenantRichard Keigwin (d.1690)EB1673Second LieutenantJohn WoodW014

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
8.10.1651 - 1651GunnerGabriel WaltersSPD-1651

Service History


DateEventSource
1650Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3386.10.0dBWAS-1603
28.9.1652Battle of Kentish Knock
1653Refitted as a 40 gun Fourth Rate
18.2.1652/53Captured by the Dutch, but later retakenBWAS-1603
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1666Refitted as a 46 gun Fourth Rate
4.1666One of the Fleet escorting King Charles II and family to EnglandTRN2
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle
25.6.1667Battle of Martinique
31.8.1673

Pay record starting 21.11.1672 for a period of 10 months, 0 weeks & 4 days for a value of £2,556.0.0d. ADM 8/1/6

ADM8-DB
28.9.1673

At Deptford - London

ADM8-DB
1677Refitted as a 48 gun Fourth Rate
1685Refitted as a 50 gun Fourth Rate
1687

Rebuilt by R & J Castle at Deptford - London

TRN2


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B022The 50-Gun ShipRif WinfieldBook
ADM8-DBADM 8 Database ProjectSamuel McLeanArchive
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
W014Anglo-Dutch Wars BLOGJames C BenderWeb Site
EBEncyclopaedia Britannica Web Site
SPD-1651Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1651Mary Anne Everett Green (editor)Book
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
 

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