Royal Oak

Nominal Guns76B065
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth B065
ConstructorJohn TippettsB065
CategorySecond RateB065
Ship TypeShip of the Line B065
Sailing RigShip RiggedB065


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel121' 0"Imperial Feet36.8808 
Breadth39' 10"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold17' 1 ½"Imperial Feet5.1943 
Burthen1,021Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel121' 0"Imperial Feet36.8808 
Depth in Hold17' 1 ½"Imperial Feet5.1943 
Draught Aft19' 6"Imperial Feet5.8081 
Burthen1,021 2194Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 769 Imperial Pound ( 348.7415 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck6 British Cannon of 7
Gun Deck16 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck30 British Culverin
Gun Deck24 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck3 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1666450Establishment for war abroadBWAS-1603
4.1666360Establishment for war at homeBWAS-1603
4.1666280Establishment for peaceBWAS-1603

3 Commanding Officers

21.1.1664/65 - 24.3.1664/65Vice-AdmiralChristopher Myngs (d.1666)B05127.3.1665 - 25.6.1665Vice-Admiral of the RedSir John Lawson (1610-1665)BWAS-160327.6.1665 - 3.12.1666Rear-Admiral of the WhiteJoseph Jordan (1603-1685)BWAS-1603

2 Commissioned Officers

21.1.1664/65 - 1665LieutenantJohn Narborough (1640-1688)B0514.10.1695 - 1696First LieutenantRobert Beck ADM 6/3/125ADM 6/3

Service History

3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
25.7.1666St James Day Battle
9.6.1667Raid on the Medway
14.6.1667Burnt by the Dutch while uncommissioned at ChathamBWAS-1603
15.7.1667Ordered that the remains be salvaged and broken upBWAS-1603

Notes on Ship

It was reported that the King "is very much pleased with the new frigate built at Portsmouth, the Royal Oak, and has ordered Tippets, the shipwright who built her, to build just such another, and not to mend her in any part, being assured that anything which is not just so cannot be so good" (CSPD, 9/3/1665, quoted in The Ship of the Line Vol I).


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