Swiftsure

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Nominal Guns46B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered2.1621BWAS-1603
Launched1621B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
ConstructorWilliam Burrell (c.1570-1630)B028
CategorySecond RateB028
Ship TypeGreat Ship
Broken Up to Rebuild1654B028
BecomesBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Swiftsure' (1653) (56)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Breadth35' 10"Imperial Feet10.668 
Depth in Hold16' 9"Imperial Feet4.9149 
Burthen876Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Breadth35' 10"Imperial Feet10.668 
Depth in Hold16' 9"Imperial Feet4.9149 
Burthen559Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen746Tons and Tonnage 

Armament


1625Broadside Weight = 267 Imperial Pound ( 121.0846 kg)B065
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 Deck4 British Fowler

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1625250Establishment = 150 Mariners, 30 Gunners and 70 SoldiersB065
3.1651/52260 BWAS-1603
1653400 BWAS-1603

9 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1625CaptainSamuel ArgallBWAS-16031628CaptainJohn BurleyBWAS-16031635 - 1636CaptainSir John Pennington (d.1646)BWAS-16031637Vice-AdmiralSir John Pennington (d.1646)BWAS-16031640Rear-AdmiralJohn PoveyBWAS-16031643 - 1644CaptainRobert Moulton (d.1652)BWAS-16031647CaptainThomas DavisBWAS-16031650 - 1652CaptainJohn GilsonBWAS-16031650 - 1653CaptainAnthony HouldingBWAS-1603

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
10.1653 - 1654General at SeaGeorge Monk (d.1669/70)BWAS-1603

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
27.3.1649 - 1649CookThomas FaithfulSPD-16511652 - 7.1652GunnerJohn FiggSPD-1651-2

Service History


DateEventSource
1623Voyage to SpainBWAS-1603
1625Flagship of the Vice-Admirals squadron on the expedition to CadizTRN2
1625Sailed for CadizBWAS-1603
1625Attack on Cadiz
1628At La RochelleBWAS-1603
1632Refitted as a 42 gun Second Rate
1635In the ChannelBWAS-1603
11.1635Took the Privateer Name Unknown (6)
1643In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1647At PortsmouthBWAS-1603
1650On the West coastBWAS-1603
30.11.1650Sailed from Spithead as part of a squadron under Vice-Admiral William Penn consisting in addition of Centurion (34) , Foresight (34) , Pelican (34) and Guinea (30)
1.1651The squadron was joined by the Fairfax (52) and some "frigates"
29.3.1651The squadron passed the straits into the MediterraneanTRN2
25.7.1651Arrived in MaltaTRN2
9.1651The squadron was in the StraitsTRN2
10.1651Near GibraltarTRN2
1652Refitted as a 46 gun Second Rate
30.3.1652Arrived in FalmouthTRN2
1653Refitted as a 64 gun Second Rate

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
16501650Summer Guard of 1650 
1654/09/291657/08Fleet for the MediterraneanRobert Blake (1598-1657)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B065The Ship of the Line Vol IBrian LaveryBook
SPD-1651Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1651Mary Anne Everett Green (editor)Book
SPD-1651-2Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1651-2Mary Anne Everett Green (editor)Book
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
 

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