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President -> 1660 Bonaventure

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Great President
Nominal Guns34B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
Ordered4.1649BWAS-1603
Acquired9.4.1650B028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Designed by
Peter PettBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1610-1672
B028
Constructor
Peter PettBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1610-1672
B028
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShipB028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1663BWAS-1603
Becomes

Dimensions


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
10.1651180EstablishmentW015
1.3.1651/52150 B032
1653180 BWAS-1603
1660160 BWAS-1603

6 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
1650 - 10.1652Captain
Anthony YoungBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1647-1674
W015
10.1652 - 3.1652/53Captain
Thomas GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1652-1653
BWAS-1603
3.1652/53 - 1655Captain
Francis ParkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1653-1655
BWAS-1603
1656Captain
Benjamin SacheverellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1654-1656
BWAS-1603
1656 - 1660Captain
Richard PotterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1653-1660
BWAS-1603
11.8.1662 - 18.11.1663Captain
William BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1661-1666
B051

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
23.1.1652/53 - 1653Lieutenant
William WhitehorneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1653-1659
W014

Service History


DateEventSource
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
8.1652

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

SPD-1652-3
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
1653Rerated 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
1660Rerated 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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