Nominal Guns20BWAS-1603
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyBritish hired ship 'Discovery' (1642) (26)
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW015
Burthen350Tons BM 
Burthen344Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.1652120 B117
165423070 Soldiers
160 Sailors

2 Ship Commanders

1651 - 1654Captain Thomas MarryottW0151654 - 1655Captain Thomas WilkesW015

Service History

1651Purchased at Chatham - Kent at a cost of £2950.6.3dBWAS-1603
1.1651Began fitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1603
3.1650/51Completed fitting at Chatham - Kent at a cost of £329.0.0dBWAS-1603
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
1654William Penn's fleet to the CaribbeanW015
17.5.1655Present at the capture of JamaicaBWAS-1603
25.5.1655Destroyed by accident in a fire off Port RoyalBWAS-1603


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Posted by betty on Sunday 27th of December 2020 20:31

At the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports
Whereas, in Pursuance of an Order of the House of Commons, dated the 4th of this Instant February, this Committee did the same Day refer it to the Com missioners of the Navy, to present unto them Thirteen Merchant Ships, bearing upon the whole One Thousand and Five Men, towards the compleating of the next Summer's Fleet, and whereas the Commissioners have this Day certified the Ships following to be very fit to be employed in the Parliament's Service, as Part of the Summer's Fleet, praying that, if they shall be approved of, they may have speedy Order to con tract with Owners, that they may be in convenient Time fitted to go out with the rest of the Fleet, videlicet,
The Discovery 344 tons, 103 men 34 ordinances, under the Captaincy of John Wills. This was Feb 9 1646. It was approved.

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