Royal Sovereign

Nominal Guns100B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.7.1659BWAS-1603
First Commissioned9.1665BWAS-1603
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham B028
ConstructorJohn TaylorBWAS-1603
CategoryFirst RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1679B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel127' 0"Imperial Feet38.7096 
Breadth47' 6"Imperial Feet14.3474 
Depth in Hold19' 2"Imperial Feet5.7968 
Burthen1,605Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 910.5 Imperial Pound ( 412.9123 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck13 British Cannon of 7
Gun Deck13 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck36 British 16-Pounder
Gun Deck18 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck22 British Saker

1677Broadside Weight = 1052.5 Imperial Pound ( 477.3091 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck26 British Cannon of 7
Middle Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck14 British Saker
Roundhouse4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1666600 BWAS-1603
5.1666700 BWAS-1603
7.1667800 BWAS-1603

10 Commanding Officers

1665 - 4.1666CommodoreSir Jeremy Smith (d.1675)B0519.1665 - 4.1666CaptainSir Jeremy Smith (d.1675)BWAS-16031666CaptainSir John Cox (c.1624-1672)B0517.7.1672 - 26.8.1672CaptainStephen Pyend (d.1674)BWAS-16031673CaptainJohn Hayward (d.1673)TRN21.1.1672/73 - 10.8.1673CaptainSir William Reeves (d.1673)BWAS-160311.2.1672/73 - 4.6.1673CaptainJohn Hayward (d.1673)BWAS-160329.5.1673 - 1673CaptainRichard Haddock (1629-1714/15)B0515.6.1673 - 30.6.1673CaptainAnthony YoungBWAS-16031.7.1673 - 30.10.1673CaptainJohn Wetwang (d.1684)BWAS-1603

6 Flag Officers

1671 - 1673Vice-AdmiralSir John Chicheley (1641-1690/91)B0511672 - 5.1672Rear-Admiral of the RedSir Joseph Jordan (1603-1685)B05119.1.1671/72 - 8.4.1672Rear-AdmiralSir Joseph Jordan (1603-1685)BWAS-16038.4.1672 - 29.10.1672Vice-AdmiralSir Joseph Jordan (1603-1685)BWAS-16035.1672 - 1672Vice-Admiral of the BlueSir Joseph Jordan (1603-1685)B0514.6.1673 - 14.9.1673AdmiralSir Rupert Palatine (Prince Palatine of the Rhine) (1619-1682)BWAS-1603

9 Commissioned Officers

1665Second LieutenantWilliam Coleman (d.1681)B0511668LieutenantRichard White (d.1673)B05119.1.1671/72 - 29.10.1672LieutenantJames Watts (d.1674)BWAS-160319.1.1671/72 - 29.10.1672LieutenantNordash RandBWAS-160319.1.1671/72 - 29.10.1672LieutenantJohn LatelyBWAS-160311.2.1672/73 - 4.6.1673LieutenantSir Charles ThorowgoodBWAS-160311.2.1672/73 - 4.6.1673LieutenantAdrian ScroopeBWAS-16036.4.1673 - 30.10.1673LieutenantPeter WhitleyBWAS-16035.6.1673 - 13.8.1673LieutenantJoseph PerryBWAS-1603

Service History

25.7.1666St James Day Battle
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
28.5.1673First Battle of Schooneveld
4.6.1673Second Battle of Schooneveld
11.8.1673Battle of Texel
1674Laid up at Chatham following the end of the warBWAS-1603
1679Started rebuilding at ChathamBWAS-1603

Notes on Ship


Rebuilt from Sovereign (of the Seas). Renamed Royal Sovereign 23.5.1660 while rebuilding. Date of docking to begin work is shown above as date keel laid down.


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