Constant Reformation

Nominal Guns40B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Constructor William Burrell (c.1570-1630)BWAS-1603
CategorySecond RateB028
Ship TypeGreat Ship B028
BecomesBritish Second Rate great ship 'Constant Reformation' (1648) (40)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Breadth35' 6"Imperial Feet10.6985 
Depth in Hold15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen750Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Breadth35' 6"Imperial Feet10.6985 
Depth in Hold15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen557Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen742Tons and Tonnage 


1624Broadside Weight = 267 Imperial Pound ( 121.0846 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck2 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck2 British Cannon-Perrier
Gun Deck16 British Culverin
Gun Deck12 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck4 British Saker
Gun Deck2 British Falcon
Gun Deck2 British Portpiece
Gun Deck2 British Fowler

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1633280 BWAS-1603

8 Ship Commanders

1620Captain Arthur ManwaringBWAS-16031625Captain GreevesBWAS-16031635Captain Thomas KettlebyBWAS-16031638Captain John PoveyBWAS-16031642 - 5.1642Captain David MurrayBWAS-16035.1642 - 1642Captain Richard FoggeBWAS-16031644Captain William Batten (c.1600-1667)BWAS-16031648 - 6.1648Captain Thomas RainsboroughBWAS-1603

Service History

1620Commanded by Capt. Arthur Manwaring, for AlgiersBWAS-1603
1621Attack on Algiers
1625Commanded by Lord de la Warr and Capt. Greeves, for CadizBWAS-1603
1625Attack on Cadiz
1635With Lindsey's squadron in the ChannelBWAS-1603
1642Summer GuardW014
1642In the ChannelBWAS-1603
6.1648Carried to the Royalists in Hellevoetsluis by Sir William Batten (c.1600-1667)W025


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646) 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Friday 12th of January 2018 18:48

Not sure that you are correct, John Povey was an RN Captain with service stretching from 1628 until 1660.  Lord John Paulet is a different person, who served briefly, possibly as admiral, on the Constant Reformation in 1635 (not 1638) with captain Kettleby, that is the total of his naval career.

BYW if you want to submit links, use the site forum.

Posted by David Yaw on Friday 12th of January 2018 11:56

Great site - but I think there is an error in the name of the Captain recorded as John Povey. I believe that should read (Lord) John Poulet of Hinton St George Somerset. He was reportedly knighted by the Earl of Lindsey aboard the "Mary Honour" in 1635. Check out a search for him. If you contact me off-line, I can send you a couple of links on this. Regards

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