Gift -> 1658 Great Gift436
Nominal Guns36
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fourth Rate ship 'Le Don de Dieu' (1648)
First Commissioned1653
CategoryFourth Rate
Ship TypeShip
Expended as Fireship1666/07/25


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel98' 0"Imperial Feet29.8704
Breadth30' 8"Imperial Feet9.3472
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338
Draught Aft13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132
Burthen490 2294Tons BM
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDB002
Burthen490Tons BM

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1666/0650As a fireshipBWAS-1603


16531653/07/30CaptainThomas SalmonW015
1653/07/311654CaptainEdward BarrettBWAS-1603
16551657CaptainMark HarrisonBWAS-1603
16601660/06/23CaptainJeffrey DareBWAS-1603
1660/06/241661/04/24CaptainGeorge BatesBWAS-1714
1661/05/041663/09/04CaptainGeorge BernardB051
1664/07/051666/02/16CaptainJacob ReynoldsBWAS-1603
1666/06/261666/07/25CaptainJohn KelseyBWAS-1603

Service History

DateEvent Source
1653/02/18Battle of Portland 
1653/06/02Battle of the Gabbard 
1653/07/31Battle of Scheveningen 
1658Renamed Great GiftBWAS-1603
1660North Sea fishery protection dutyBWAS-1603
1665Sailed to GuineaBWAS-1603
1666Re-classed as a 4 gun Fireship  
1666/05Converted to a fireshipBWAS-1603
1666/06Re-classed as a 4 gun Fireship  
1666/07/25St James Day Battle 


BWAS-1603 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
DB002 The Fish and The FalconJoseph E. GarlandDigital Book
W015 English Parliamentary JournalsVariousWeb Site
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B051 Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
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