President -> 1660 Bonaventure

Great President
Nominal Guns34B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Designed by Peter Pett (1610-1672)B028
Constructor Peter Pett (1610-1672)B028
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1663BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship 'Bonaventure' (1663) (48)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Gundeck124' 0"Imperial Feet37.7952 
Breadth30' 0"Imperial Feet9.144 
Burthen462Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB032
Length of Keel100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Breadth29' 6"Imperial Feet8.8561 
Depth in Hold14' 9"Imperial Feet4.3244 
Burthen462Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck124' 0"Imperial Feet37.7952 
Length of Keel100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Breadth29' 6"Imperial Feet8.8561 
Depth in Hold14' 9"Imperial Feet4.3244 
Burthen462 8494Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.3.1651/52150 B032
1653180 BWAS-1603
1660160 BWAS-1603

6 Ship Commanders

1650 - 10.1652Captain Anthony YoungW01510.1652 - 3.1652/53Captain Thomas Graves (1605-1653)BWAS-16033.1652/53 - 1655Captain Francis ParkerBWAS-16031656Captain Benjamin Sacheverell (d.1656)BWAS-16031656 - 1660Captain Richard PotterBWAS-160311.8.1662 - 18.11.1663Captain William Berkeley (1639-1666)B051

1 Commissioned Officer

23.1.1652/53 - 1653Lieutenant William WhitehorneW014

Service History

1650Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3378.15.0dBWAS-1603
4.1650Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3378.15.0dBWAS-1603
19.5.1652Battle of Dover
22.5.1652Action of 1652-05-22

Sent by Robert Blake to reinforce Sir George Ayscue in company with Convertine, Convert , Sampson , and Golden Dove

25.9.1652Vice-Admiral William Penn sent Capt. Howett in the Foresight , and Capt. Graves in the President, frigates, to ply to windward, to discover the Dutch and bring intelligence
28.9.1652Battle of Kentish Knock
12.1652Sent a ship of Lubeck into Plymouth
8.12.1652In Portsmouth
27.12.1652Entered Portsmouth harbour, having been in commission for 13 months
1653Refitted as a 44 gunner
13.1.1652/53A request for a new purser, the incumbant having died, and a new steward, the old one being undeserving, was made to the admiralty Commitee
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
3.3.1652/53At the Battle of Portland took a Dutch man-of-war of about 500 tons and 30 guns and carried her into Portsmouth
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
18.6.1653In Harwich to be careened
2.7.1653Left Harwich in company with the
3.7.1653The President lost her bowsprit and foremast and put into the Thames
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
1660Refitted as a 38 gunner
1660Renamed BonaventureB028


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Posted by Alasdair on Friday 29th of January 2021 12:30

I have been doing some local history in Scotland and it appears that the President took part in a failed attempt to land 1500 troops at Burntisland on January 29th 1651. It carried the vanguard. Fire was exchanged from both sides, minimal damage, but the attacking ships became confused. This added to the light fading and an unfavourable tide meant that the attack was abandoned.

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