Nominal Guns10
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth
ConstructorJohn Tippetts
Ship TypeKetch


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel48' 0"Imperial Feet14.6304 
Breadth18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Depth in Hold9' 1"Imperial Feet2.7686 
Draught Aft8' 6"Imperial Feet2.5908 
Burthen90 5294Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
166545 BWAS-1603

4 Commanding Officers

13.9.1665 - 31.12.1667CaptainThomas Willoughby (d.1667)B0511667CaptainRichard Munden (1640-1680)B0511.1.1667/68 - 1.4.1672CaptainJohn WyborneB05125.3.1672 - 16.10.1673CaptainThomas BynningW030

Service History

2.12.1665Arrived at the Isle of Wight from Jersey and GuernseyBG
1667Sailed for the West Indies early in the year, then present at the capture of SurinamBWAS-1603
25.6.1667Battle of Martinique
26.6.1669Converted to a pinkBWAS-1603
1672With Thomas Allen's squadron in the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1672Fishery protection on the North SeaBWAS-1603
16.10.1673Taken off Great Yarmouth by a Dutch privateerBWAS-1603


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
W030British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and ProtectorateUnknownWeb Site
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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Posted by James Jeffrey Cotter on Sunday 6th of October 2019 15:37

The size of this vessel is not consistent with depositions and other writings of Batchelors Delight or Royal Jamaica, is this perhaps Captain John Cooks original Revenge? All depositions, Wafer, Dampier, Crowley, accounts, even Randolph's rantings speak of 84 men aboard the ship, longer keel and more guns.

Posted by James Jeffrey Cotter on Wednesday 17th of July 2019 20:55

If testimony is correct the ship was in Jamaica in 1690 the two years out then returned to Pennsylvania and finally Charles Town.

Posted by Lewie Dunn on Saturday 10th of November 2012 21:45

After Service:
1679/06/29 Falouth Harbor bound for Jamaica from Amsterdam.
London Gazette issue 1442 page 2.(As Portsmouth Pink of London.
1682 As a Dutch Merchantman she was captured by Capt. John Cook off Cape Verde Islands and taken to Serria Leone and convertd to Man of War. Named changed to Bachelor's Delight.
See Statement of Capt. James Kelly "A Full and True Discovery of All the Robberies, Pyracies and other Notorious Actions of James Kelley" 1701. Also William Dampier's World Voyage 1691 and A New Voyage Round the World
She sailed to Pacific Coast and Indian Ocean.
In 1691, Her name was changed once again to Loyal Jamaica. And she sailed for Charles Town, S.C.
For her actions in the Indian Ocean see The Maritime History of the Indian Ocean: from al-Idrissi to ibn Majid. By Khal Torabully and Ameonah Gurib-Fakin.
In April of 1692 she arrived in Charles Town Harbor and was treated as a Pirate vessel. In May of 1692 she was run agound and wrecked and her riggings sold and guns turned over to South Carolina for defence of Charles Town. See Journal of South Carolina Council. April 11, 1692-Sept 26,1692. Her remains lay in Seewee Bay north of Charleston, S.C. Per my research.

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