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


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 
Burthen746Tons and Tonnage 
Burthen559Baker's Rule Tons 


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 Ship Commanders

1625Captain Samuel ArgallBWAS-16031628Captain John BurleyBWAS-16031635 - 1636CaptainSir John Pennington (d.1646)BWAS-16031637Vice-AdmiralSir John Pennington (d.1646)BWAS-16031640Rear-Admiral John PoveyBWAS-16031643 - 1644Captain Robert Moulton (d.1652)BWAS-16031647Captain Thomas DavisBWAS-16031650 - 1652Captain John GilsonBWAS-16031650 - 1653Captain Anthony HouldingBWAS-1603

1 Flag Officer

10.1653 - 1654General at Sea George Monk (d.1669/70)BWAS-1603

2 Warrant Officers

27.3.1649 - 1649Cook Thomas FaithfulSPD-16511652 - 7.1652Gunner John FiggSPD-1651-2

Service History

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


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1650-1650Summer Guard of 1650  
29.9.1654-8.1657Fleet for the Mediterranean Robert Blake (1598-1657) 

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