James -> 1660 Old James

Nominal Guns48B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Constructor Peter Pett (1610-1672)BWAS-1603
CategorySecond RateB028
Ship TypeGreat Ship B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalent
Length of Gundeck138' 0"Imperial Feet42.0624 
Length of Keel110' 0"Imperial Feet33.528 
Breadth36' 10"Imperial Feet10.9728 
Depth in Hold16' 2"Imperial Feet4.8853 
Burthen874Imperial Feet0.0254 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel110' 0"Imperial Feet33.528 
Breadth37' 6"Imperial Feet11.2994 
Depth in Hold16' 2"Imperial Feet4.8853 
Draught Aft17' 2"Imperial Feet5.1889 
Burthen823Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 567 Imperial Pound ( 257.13475 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck16 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck26 British Culverin
Gun Deck11 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker

1677Broadside Weight = 694.5 Imperial Pound ( 314.9561 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck26 British Demi-Cannon
Upper Gun Deck26 British Culverin
Quarterdeck14 British Saker
Roundhouse4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1634250 BWAS-1603
3.1650/51280 BWAS-1603
1660300 BWAS-1603
1666380Establishment for war abroadBWAS-1603
1666300Establishment for war at homeBWAS-1603
1666260Establishment for peaceBWAS-1603

26 Ship Commanders

1635CaptainSir William Monson (1568-1643)BWAS-16031636Captain Henry MervynBWAS-16031637Captain John PoveyBWAS-16031637Captain Walter StewartBWAS-16031639Captain Richard FoggeBWAS-16031640AdmiralSir John Pennington (d.1646)BWAS-16031642Admiral Robert Rich (1587-1658)BWAS-16031643Captain Henry BethellBWAS-16031644 - 1645Captain Richard BlytheBWAS-16031652 - 6.1652Captain John GilsonBWAS-160317.6.1652 - 7.1653Vice-Admiral William Penn (1621-1670)ref:10667.1653 - 1654Vice-Admiral of the White William Penn (1621-1670)BWAS-16031654Captain John StokesB0511656 - 1657Captain Anthony YoungBWAS-16035.1657 - 1657Captain John Harman (d.1673)BWAS-16031659 - 1660Captain John Lawson (1610-1665)BWAS-16031.1662 - 1.7.1662Captain Robert ClerkBWAS-160311.2.1664/65 - 3.6.1665Captain James Ley (1618-1665)BWAS-160316.6.1665 - 18.7.1665Captain Thomas Allin (1612-1685)BWAS-160319.7.1665 - 19.2.1665/66Captain John Kempthorne (1620-1679)BWAS-160326.2.1665/66 - 3.12.1666Captain Edmund Seaman (d.1666)B05126.3.1668 - 5.4.1668Captain John Hubbard (d.1671)B0517.4.1668 - 7.7.1668Captain Willoughby Hannam (c.1621-1672)B05120.9.1671 - 3.3.1671/72Captain Thomas TraffordB05124.1.1671/72 - 17.10.1672Captain John Hayward (d.1673)B0517.2.1672/73 - 10.10.1673Captain James Storey (d.1682)B051

1 Flag Officer

1652 - 6.1652General at Sea Robert Blake (1598-1657)BWAS-1603

7 Commissioned Officers

1664Lieutenant Abraham Blackleach (d.1665/66)B0511665Lieutenant Francis WilshawB0511665Lieutenant John Narborough (1640-1688)B0511665 - 1666Lieutenant Richard MinorsB0511666Lieutenant Robert WoodB0511668Lieutenant William HoldenB0511680Lieutenant Anthony HarlingeADM 1/5253

2 Warrant Officers

21.1.1634 - 1635Gunner John JelfSPD-1635-621.1.1635/35 - 1634Cook William Stanleyref:1070

Service History

1634Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £11256.0.0dBWAS-1603
1635Service in the ChannelBWAS-1603
1636Service in the ChannelBWAS-1603
3.1641/42King's Summer Guard
1643Service in the ChannelBWAS-1603
19.5.1652Battle of Dover
28.9.1652Battle of Kentish Knock
12.10.1652In Margate RoadBWAS-1603
12.1652In Portsmouth
2.3.1652/53In Portsmouth being careenedBWAS-1603
10.4.1653Left Portsmouth as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir William Penn (1621-1670)W025
13.4.1653In Dover RoadsW025
14.4.1653Arrived in the DownsW025
8.5.1653In SolebayW025
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
6.9.1653In Aldborough RoadW025
20.4.1657Battle of Santa Cruz
5.1660Renamed Old JamesBWAS-1603
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle
9.6.1667Raid on the Medway
12.6.1667Set alight at Chatham (during the Dutch raid), but savedBWAS-1603
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
28.5.1673First Battle of Schooneveld
4.6.1673Second Battle of Schooneveld
11.8.1673Battle of Texel
1677Reduced to a third-ratedBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646) 
1645-1645Summer Guard of 1645  
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659 Edward Montagu (d.1672) 

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Posted by Tony Willoughby on Wednesday 20th of September 2017 06:49

you have James Ley down as captain of two ships at the Battle of Lowestoft, the Royal James and the Old James. According to Westminster Abbey he died aboard the Old James at Lowestoft.

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