Nominal Guns44B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardRatcliffe - London B028
Constructor Phineus Pett (1628-1678)B028
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1692B028
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Newcastle' (1692) (50)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck131' 0"Imperial Feet39.9288 
Length of Keel108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Breadth33' 1"Imperial Feet10.0669 
Depth in Hold13' 2"Imperial Feet3.9793 
Draught Aft16' 0"Imperial Feet4.8768 
Burthen628 7194Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 384 Imperial Pound ( 174.1441 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck10 British Demi-Cannon
Lower Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck22 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pound Saker
Quarterdeck4 British Saker

1677Broadside Weight = 376 Imperial Pound ( 170.5162 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 6-Pound Saker
Quarterdeck/Forecastle8 British Saker

1685Broadside Weight = 331.5 Imperial Pound ( 150.3354 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck24 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck22 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck6 British Saker

1688Broadside Weight = 371 Imperial Pound ( 168.2486 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck18 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British Saker

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1653160 BWAS-1603
1666200 BWAS-1603
1677280 BWAS-1603

15 Ship Commanders

1653 - 1655Captain Nathaniel CobhamBWAS-16031656Captain Philip GethingsBWAS-16031656 - 1660Captain Edmond CurtisBWAS-160316.3.1660/61 - 13.12.1662Captain James Smith (d.1664)B05114.12.1662 - 17.1.1662/63Captain Jonas PooleB05118.10.1664 - 7.4.1665Captain Anthony BurroughsB0517.4.1665 - 2.6.1666Captain Thomas Page (d.1674)BWAS-160310.6.1666 - 17.6.1668Captain Peter Bowen (d.1673)BWAS-160322.8.1670 - 30.6.1672Captain Anthony Langston (d.1678/79)B0511.7.1672 - 9.11.1673Captain John Pearce (d.1673)B05110.11.1673 - 15.2.1675/76Captain John Wetwang (d.1684)B0515.4.1677 - 11.3.1677/78Captain Gustavus L'HolsteinBWAS-16035.8.1680 - 3.9.1682Captain Edward Russell (1653-1727)BWAS-160326.9.1688 - 24.6.1689Captain George Churchill (1654-1710)BWAS-160324.6.1689 - 6.11.1691Captain David Lambert (d.1703)B051

5 Commissioned Officers

1662Lieutenant John HeathB05118.10.1664 - 7.4.1665Lieutenant Thomas Page (d.1674)BWAS-16037.4.1665 - 10.6.1666Lieutenant George Colt (d.1675) ADM 107/1/215B0511672Lieutenant Robert WilkinsonB051bef.1.5.1677 - aft.21.5.1677Lieutenant Robert Wilford ADM 8/1/83ADM8

1 Warrant Officer

20.10.1677 - 19.5.1678Master Greenvill Collins (1643-1694)ADM 7

4 Crewmen

13.8.1681 - 4.8.1683Ordinary Seaman John Stephens (c.1664-1731) Transfered ADM 107/1/86ADM 107/12.2.1689/90 - 16.4.1690Able Seaman Robert Hay (c.1660-?) ADM 107/1/93ADM 107/110.2.1689/90 - 10.5.1692Able Seaman Thomas Russell (c.1659-1739/40) Transfered ADM 107/1/100ADM 107/125.7.1690 - 13.4.1692Volunteer William Blithman (c.1672-?) ADM 107/1/27ADM 107/1

Service History

1653Off the coast of Holland for the Winter of 1653/54BWAS-1603
5.1653Completed at Ratcliffe - London at a cost of £4101.10.0dBWAS-1603
1654In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
4.4.1655Battle of Porto Farina
20.4.1657Battle of Santa Cruz
1659Operations in the SoundBWAS-1603
1660In the StraitsBWAS-1603
1661At TangierBWAS-1603
1662In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1666Refitted as a 50 gunner
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle
25.6.1667Battle of Martinique
1670In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
28.5.1673First Battle of Schooneveld
4.6.1673Second Battle of Schooneveld
11.8.1673Battle of Texel
1674Sailed with a Newfoundland convoyBWAS-1603
4.3.1673/74Battle of Ronas Voe
1675In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1677In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1677Refitted as a 54 gunner

Paid off

5.8.1680Recommissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
3.9.1682Paid offADM 51
1685Refitted as a 52 gunner
1688Refitted as a 44 gunner
1689In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
6.11.1691Paid offADM 51
1692Broken up at Rotherhithe to be rebuiltBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659 Edward Montagu (d.1672) 

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Posted by Paul Hughes on Saturday 25th of April 2015 09:25

The journal by David Lambert for this ship is TNA ADM 51/4271. Puzzling is another journal ADM 52/75 for a ship of the same name for the same period under the command of John Churchill.

Posted by Brian on Wednesday 18th of June 2014 19:36

The London Gazette
Publication date:25 November 1680
Plymouth Nov. 23. Yesterday sailed from hence His Majesty's ship the Newcastle, Captain Russel Commander, with about 200 merchant ships under his convoy, bound for the straights, three of which, the smallest whereof in mounted with 28 guns , are in his Majesty's service and have on board the Earl Plymouths Regiment, consisting of 1200 men, with officers, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Kirke except 150 of them which are on board the Newcastle, as also 50 miners, raised in Cornwall for the service of Tangier.

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