Nominal Guns34B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1603
ConstructorSir Henry Johnson (1624-1683)B028
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1687BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Assistance' (1687) (50)


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 


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
1666170 BWAS-1603
1.7.1673220On a voyage abroadADM8-DB

14 Commanding Officers

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

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

8.10.1651 - 1651GunnerGabriel WaltersSPD-1651

Service History

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

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


At Deptford - London

1677Refitted as a 48 gun Fourth Rate
1685Refitted as a 50 gun Fourth Rate

Rebuilt by R & J Castle at Deptford - London



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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