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 B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
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 - 1653Captain John BourneBWAS-16031653 - 18.2.1652/53Rear-Admiral of the Blue John BourneBWAS-16034.1653 - 1654Captain William CrispinBWAS-16031654 - 1660Captain Thomas SparlingBWAS-160310.4.1662 - 9.8.1662Captain William Berkeley (1639-1666)BWAS-160315.9.1665 - 31.12.1666Captain Zachary BrowneB0511.1.1670/71 - 19.7.1671Captain John Hubbard (d.1671)B05120.8.1671 - 9.9.1671Captain John Wilgress (d.1671)BWAS-16031672Captain Ralph Lassells (d.1677)BWAS-16037.1.1672/73 - 7.11.1674Captain Richard Munden (1640-1680)BWAS-160315.5.1675 - 16.11.1676Captain William HouldingB0515.11.1677 - 13.4.1679CaptainSir Thomas Gardiner (d.1679)BWAS-160313.6.1679 - 4.12.1679Captain James Barber (d.1691/92)BWAS-160315.5.1680 - 28.7.1682CaptainSir Robert RobinsonB051

11 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1660Lieutenant Humphrey ConningsbyW0141661Lieutenant Philemon Bacon (d.1666)W01420.5.1661 - 9.4.1662Captain Edward Wye (d.1662)BWAS-16031662 - 9.4.1662Lieutenant William Berkeley (1639-1666)B0511664Lieutenant John Robinson (d.1690)B0511664Lieutenant John ShelleyW0141666Lieutenant Ralph Saunderson (d.1699)W0141672Lieutenant Charles HowardBWAS-16031673Lieutenant Richard Keigwin (d.1690)EB1673Second Lieutenant John WoodW014bef.9.1676 - aft.3.3.1676/77Lieutenant John Haughton ADM 8/1/78ADM8

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
8.10.1651 - 1651Gunner Gabriel WaltersSPD-1651aft.13.12.1699 - 1699Purser Thomas Henton ADM 106/531/407ADM 106

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

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

Rebuilt by R & J Castle at Deptford

TRN2

 

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