Happy Entrance

Nominal Guns28BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B065
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeMiddling Ship B065


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel96' 0"Imperial Feet29.2608 
Breadth32' 2"Imperial Feet9.779 
Depth in Hold13' 1"Imperial Feet3.9709 
Burthen580Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Burthen540Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel96' 0"Imperial Feet29.2608 
Breadth32' 2"Imperial Feet9.779 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen404Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen540Tons and Tonnage 
Burthen539 3494Tons BM 


1625Broadside Weight = 120.5 Imperial Pound ( 54.647 kg)B065
Gun Deck4 British Culverin
Gun Deck12 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker
Gun Deck2 British Minions
Gun Deck4 British Fowler

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1625200130 Mariners, 20 Gunners and 50 soldiersB065

22 Ship Commanders

1623 - 1624Captain Richard BingleyBWAS-16031625 - 1626Captain Henry Palmer (1582-1644)BWAS-16031627Captain Henry MelvynBWAS-16031628Captain Edward HarveyBWAS-16031636Captain George Carteret (1609-1679/80)BWAS-16031638Captain Richard FoggeBWAS-16031640 - 6.1642Captain Robert Slingsby (1611-1661)BWAS-16031642Captain Richard OwenBWAS-16031643Captain John BowenBWAS-16031644Captain Benjamin CrandleyBWAS-16031644 - 6.1645Captain William Smith (d.1645)BWAS-16033.1644/45Captain William Penn (1621-1670)BWAS-16034.1645 - 1647Captain John CrowtherBWAS-16031647 - 10.1647Captain John BowenBWAS-160310.1647 - 1648Captain Thomas RainsboroughBWAS-16031649 - 1650Captain Richard Badiley (d.1657)BWAS-16031651 - 2.1652Captain John Coppin (d.1666)BWAS-16032.1652 - 12.1652Captain Edmund Chapman (d.1653)BWAS-160325.1.1652/53 - 4.1653Captain William Goodson (1610-1680)ODNB4.1653 - 7.1653Captain Richard NewberryBWAS-16037.1653 - 1654Captain Anthony TuckerBWAS-16031655 - 1657Captain John Hayward (d.1673)BWAS-1603

1 Commissioned Officer

1649Lieutenant Stephen RoseDB016

4 Warrant Officers

1634 - 20.1.1634Gunner John Jelfref:107021.1.1633/34 - 1634Gunner John Hickesref:10701645 - 3.1644/45Gunner Ralph ChessellSPD-1644-524.3.1845 - 1845Gunner Charles HarrisSPD-1644-5

Service History

1633Refitted as a 34 gun Third Rate
1636In the ChannelBWAS-1603
10.6.1641Part of a letter from Robert Slyngsby to Sir John Pennington
"This day the Happy Entrance is falling down from Woolwich, being not till now fitted with guns and carriages and some other provisions which were wanting; and still so scarcely manned that I doubt it will ask us some time in the Hope"
1642In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1643In the ChannelBWAS-1603
2.1645Present at the capture of Cardiff castleBWAS-1603
1647In the DownsBWAS-1603
22.5.1649Blockade of Kinsale
10.3.1649/50Blockade of the Tagus
1651Summer guard - In the area from the Downs to the Isle of WightW014
1651Operations against Royalist strongholds in the Channel IslandsSPD-1664-5
1652Refitted as a 40 gun Third Rate
19.5.1652Battle of Dover
30.11.1652Battle of Dungeness
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
28.9.1658Burnt by accident at ChathamBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1628-1628Expedition to La Rochelle  
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646) 
1645-1645Summer Guard of 1645  
1646-1646Winter Guard of 1646  
9.1649-1650Winter Guard of 1649  
14.2.1649/50-1652Fleet sent to Lisbon Robert Blake (1598-1657) 

Notes on Ship

Captain disciplined
Edmund Chapman was one of four captains disciplined for not fighting hard enough after the Battle of Dungeness


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