Lion

5051
Nominal Guns42BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered17.6.1637BWAS-1603
Acquired1640B028
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham B028
Constructor Phineus Pett (1570-1647)BWAS-1603
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1658B028
BecomesBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Lion' (1658) (52)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Gundeck130' 0"Imperial Feet39.624 
Breadth35' 6"Imperial Feet10.6985 
Burthen751Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB032
Length of Keel95' 0"Imperial Feet28.956 
Breadth33' 0"Imperial Feet10.0584 
Depth in Hold15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen470Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Burthen626Tons and Tonnage 
Burthen550 2794Tons BM 
Burthen470Baker's Rule Tons 

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1652180Estbalishment.B032

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
16.9.1649 - 16.10.1649General at Sea Robert Blake (1598-1657)NRS076

Service History


DateEventSource
1642Part of the Summer GuardW015
1642In the ChannelBWAS-1603
9.1642Part of the Winter Guard for the Irish CoastW015
1643Landed at least 100 (possibly 180) of the crew to assist in the defence of Hull
1643In the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
1645Summer Guard of Irish CoastW015
9.1645Winter GuardW015
1647Flagship in the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
9.1648In the DownsBWAS-1603
1649In the Irish SeaBWAS-1603
22.5.1649Blockade of Kinsale
16.9.1649

Off Kinsale

NRS076
16.10.1649

At Milford

NRS076
1650In Scotish watersBWAS-1603
1651In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
10.3.1650/51The Council of State ordered General Blake that the Lion was to convoy merchant ships to HambergB117
1652Refitted as a 40 gun Third Rate
28.9.1652Battle of Kentish Knock
30.11.1652Battle of Dungeness
1653Refitted as a 50 gun Third Rate
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
1654Sailed to the Caribeean as part of William Penn's fleet


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646) 
1645-1645Summer Guard of 1645  
1646-1646Winter Guard of 1646  
1647-1648Winter Guard of 1647 Thomas Rainsborough 
1650-1650Summer Guard of 1650  
25.12.1654-31.8.1655Fleet for the West Indies William Penn (1621-1670) 
 

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