Nominal Guns42BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham B028
ConstructorPhineus 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)


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
Burthen550 2794Tons BM 
Burthen470Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen626Tons and Tonnage 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

17 Commanding Officers

1641CaptainHenry StradlingBWAS-16031642CaptainThomas PriceBWAS-16031642 - 1643CaptainRobert FoxBWAS-16031643CaptainThomas RainsboroughBWAS-16031643 - 1644UnknownWilliam Smith (d.1645)BWAS-16031645CaptainRichard SwanleyBWAS-16031645CaptainPeter AndrewsBWAS-16031645 - 1646CaptainRobert Moulton (d.1652)BWAS-16031646 - 1647CaptainRichard SwanleyBWAS-16031647AdmiralRichard SwanleyBWAS-16031648CaptainSir George Ayscue (d.1672)BWAS-160318.4.1649 - 1650CaptainWilliam Penn (1621-1670)ref:10661650CaptainThomas HandonBWAS-16031650 - 1651CaptainJohn BirkdellBWAS-16031652 - 12.1652CaptainCharles SaltonstallBWAS-16031652 - 1653CaptainAndrew Ball (d.1653)BWAS-16031653 - 1657CaptainJohn LambertBWAS-1603

1 Flag Officer

16.9.1649 - 16.10.1649General at SeaRobert Blake (1598-1657)NRS076

Service History

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

Off Kinsale


At Milford

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


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 1647Thomas Rainsborough 
1650-1650Summer Guard of 1650  
25.12.1654-31.8.1655Fleet for the West IndiesWilliam Penn (1621-1670) 

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