Gift -> 1658 Great Gift

Nominal Guns36
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fourth Rate ship 'Le Don de Dieu' (1648) (36)
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
1653130 BWAS-1603
1666/0650As a fireshipBWAS-1603

Commanding Officers

1653 - 1653/07/30CaptainThomas SalmonW0151653/07/31 - 1654CaptainEdward BarrettBWAS-16031655 - 1657CaptainMark HarrisonBWAS-16031660 - 1660/06/23CaptainJeffrey DareBWAS-16031660/06/24 - 1661/04/24CaptainGeorge BatesBWAS-17141661/05/04 - 1663/09/04CaptainGeorge BernardB0511664/07/05 - 1666/02/16CaptainJacob ReynoldsBWAS-16031666/06/26 - 1666/07/25CaptainJohn KelseyBWAS-1603

Service History

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
1666Refitted as a 4 gun Fireship
1666/05Converted to a fireshipBWAS-1603
1666/06Refitted 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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