Nominal Guns42BWAS-1603
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
ConstructorPeter Pett (1610-1672)BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1708B028
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Ruby' (1708) (54)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck125' 6"Imperial Feet38.1061 
Length of Keel105' 6"Imperial Feet32.0345 
Breadth31' 6"Imperial Feet9.6012 
Depth in Hold15' 9"Imperial Feet4.6177 
Burthen556 7794Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 308 Imperial Pound ( 139.6781 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck22 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck4 British Saker

1677Broadside Weight = 304.5 Imperial Pound ( 138.0909 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck20 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck6 British Saker

1685Broadside Weight = 308 Imperial Pound ( 139.6781 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck22 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck4 British Saker

1696Broadside Weight = 217.5 Imperial Pound ( 98.63625 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck19 British Demi-Culverin

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1651/52150 BWAS-1603
1653180 BWAS-1603
1666170 BWAS-1603
1685230 BWAS-1603

27 Commanding Officers

1652CaptainJohn LambertBWAS-16031652 - 18.2.1652/53CaptainAnthony HouldingBWAS-16033.1652/53 - 7.1653CaptainRobert Sanders (d.1666/67)BWAS-16037.1653 - 1655CaptainEdmond CurtisBWAS-16031656 - 1660CaptainSir Robert Kirby (d.1665)B05127.5.1661 - 29.12.1662CaptainRobert RobinsonB05111.10.1664 - 7.6.1666CaptainWilliam JennensB0518.6.1666 - 30.9.1667CaptainThomas LammingB05121.5.1668 - 22.4.1669CaptainRobert RobinsonB05124.8.1672 - 26.8.1672CaptainRichard Sadlington (d.1673)BWAS-160327.8.1672 - 8.6.1674CaptainStephen Pyend (d.1674)BWAS-160326.3.1678 - 1682CaptainThomas Allen (d.1690)BWAS-160318.11.1682 - 9.1683CaptainRichard MayBWAS-16031.10.1683 - 1683CaptainDavid Mitchell (d.1710)BWAS-160330.6.1688 - 1690CaptainFrederick FroudeBWAS-16031691 - 1693CaptainGeorge Mees (d.1697)BWAS-16031693CaptainRobert Deane (d.1699/1700)BWAS-16031694CaptainRobert Fairfax (1666-1725)BWAS-16031696 - 12.7.1697CaptainRobert Holmes (d.1697)BWAS-160328.4.1696 - 1696CaptainChristopher Moore (d.1696) ADM 6/3/149ADM 6/315.5.1696 - 1696CaptainRichard Athy (d.1697) ADM 6/3/157ADM 6/35.7.1697 - 7.1698CaptainWilliam Hockaday ADM 6/4/124
Commission confirmed 17.11.1697
14.2.1700/1 - 9.3.1701/2CaptainRichard Kirkby (d.1703) ADM 6/6/55ADM 6/69.3.1701/2 - 7.6.1703CaptainSir George Walton (1665-1739) ADM 6/8/47
Commission confirmed 12.2.1703/4
8.6.1703 - 9.2.1703/4CaptainHenry Hubbard (d.1711) ADM 6/8/38
Commission confirmed 5.1.1703/4
ADM 6/8
22.8.1703 - 18.9.1704CaptainWilliam Fairborne (d.1708) ADM 6/8/28
Commission confirmed 22.11.1703
ADM 6/8
20.9.1704 - 13.12.1704CaptainJohn Anderson (d.1724) ADM 6/8/94ADM 6/8

7 Commissioned Officers

28.8.1695 - 2.6.1697Second LieutenantRichard Deane ADM 6/3/155
Commission confirmed 6.5.1696
ADM 6/3
3.6.1697 - 1697First LieutenantRichard Deane ADM 6/4/126
Commission confirmed 24.11.1697
ADM 6/4
6.8.1697 - 1697Second LieutenantNathaniel Douse ADM 6/4/126
Commission confirmed 24.11.1697
ADM 6/4
15.2.1700/1 - 1701First LieutenantRalph Barrow ADM 6/6/56ADM 6/617.2.1700/1 - 3.8.1701Second LieutenantRobert Stiles ADM 6/6/55ADM 6/64.8.1701 - 23.10.1703Second LieutenantArthur Delgarno (d.1731) ADM 6/6/111ADM 6/623.8.1703 - 18.9.1704Second LieutenantCharles Bourne ADM 6/8/25
Commission confirmed 11.11.1703
ADM 6/8

1 Warrant Officer

20.5.1695 - 1695GunnerThomas RounsevallADM/A

1 Petty Officer

1.3.1691/92 - 17.8.1692MidshipmanPhilip Simpkins (c.1668-?) ADM 107/1/69ADM 107/1

2 Crewmen

10.8.1681 - 19.5.1684Carpenter's CrewJasper Poynter (c.1656-?) ADM 107/1/77ADM 107/120.5.1684 - 13.11.1685Able SeamanJasper Poynter (c.1656-?) ADM 107/1/77ADM 107/1

Service History

3.1651/52Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4175.12.6dBWAS-1603
19.5.1652Battle of Dover
28.9.1652Battle of Kentish Knock
1653At St Helens for the winter of 1653/54BWAS-1603
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
20.4.1657Battle of Santa Cruz
1659Operations in the SoundBWAS-1603
1662part of Sandwich's squadron at Tangier and LisbonBWAS-1603
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1666Refitted as a 46 gunner
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle
1668Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
28.5.1673First Battle of Schooneveld
4.6.1673Second Battle of Schooneveld
11.8.1673Battle of Texel
1677Refitted as a 48 gunner
1678In the ChannelBWAS-1603
15.4.1679Sailed for BilbaoBWAS-1603
5.1679Sailed for homeBWAS-1603
6.1679Sailed for the Straits with a convoyBWAS-1603
8.1679Sailed homeBWAS-1603
3.1679/80Carried the Portugese Ambassador to LisbonBWAS-1603
6.1680Sailed to Tangier with troopsBWAS-1603
1683Sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1603
1684Returned homeBWAS-1603
1687Rebuilt by Henry Johnson at Blackwall - No change to dimensionsB022
1.5.1689Battle of Bantry Bay
4.1692Sailed tiwh a convoy to the North coastBWAS-1603
19.5.1692Battle of Barfleur
1.6.1692Action at Cherbourg
1693In the West IndiesBWAS-1603
7.4.1694Took the Ship L'Entreprenante (44) BWAS-1603
12.5.1694Took the La Diligente (34) off the Isles of ScillyBWAS-1603
1696Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1603
1696In the West IndiesBWAS-1603
7.1698Paid offBWAS-1603
8.1701Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1603
20.8.1702Benbow vs DuCasse
1706Broken up at Deptford to be rebuiltBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659Edward Montagu (d.1672) 
9.1701-1702British Fleet for the West indiesJohn Benbow (1652/53-1702) 

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