Nominal Guns56B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate great ship 'Swiftsure' (1621) (46)
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Designed by Christopher Pett (1620-1667/68)B028
Constructor Christopher Pett (1620-1667/68)B028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
BecomesDutch Second Rate ship of the line 'Oudshoorn' (1666) (70)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel118' 0"Imperial Feet35.9664 
Breadth37' 10"Imperial Feet11.2776 
Depth in Hold16' 0"Imperial Feet4.8768 
Burthen898Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel118' 0"Imperial Feet35.9664 
Breadth37' 10"Imperial Feet11.2776 
Depth in Hold16' 0"Imperial Feet4.8768 
Draught Aft17' 6"Imperial Feet5.2034 
Burthen898 3894Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 676 Imperial Pound ( 306.566 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck22 British Demi-Cannon
Gun Deck28 British Culverin
Gun Deck16 British Demi-Culverin

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.9.1653300 BWAS-1603
17.12.1653400 BWAS-1603
25.12.1654380At the start of the West Indies expedition, including 30 soldiersTRN2
1660300 BWAS-1603
1666380Establishment for war abroadBWAS-1603
1666300Establishment for war at homeBWAS-1603
1666260Establishment for peaceBWAS-1603

11 Ship Commanders

8.1653 - 1654Captain William Penn (1621-1670)BWAS-16031654 - 1655Captain Jonas PooleBWAS-16038.1654 - 12.1654Captain Anthony HouldingBWAS-16031656 - 1658Captain John BourneBWAS-16031658 - 1659Vice-Admiral William Goodson (1610-1680)BWAS-16031660Rear-AdmiralSir Richard Stayner (1625-1662)BWAS-16031.4.1661 - 15.1.1662/63Vice-AdmiralSir John Lawson (1610-1665)B05112.11.1664 - 9.2.1664/65Vice-Admiral of the RedSir John Lawson (1610-1665)BWAS-160310.2.1664/65 - 28.2.1664/65Vice-Admiral of the White Thomas Teddeman (1620-1668)BWAS-16031.3.1664/65 - 1666Rear-Admiral of the RedSir William Berkeley (1639-1666)BWAS-16031666 - 1.6.1666Vice-Admiral of the WhiteSir William Berkeley (1639-1666)BWAS-1603

4 Flag Officers

8.1653 - 1654General at Sea George Monk (d.1669/70)BWAS-16031654 - 1655General at Sea Robert Blake (1598-1657)BWAS-16031655General at Sea William Penn (1621-1670)BWAS-160310.1656 - 12.1656General at Sea Robert Blake (1598-1657)BWAS-1603

4 Commissioned Officers

4.4.1661 - 4.1662Lieutenant William Berkeley (1639-1666)B0511662 - 1663Lieutenant John Chicheley (1641-1690/91)B0511664 - 1665Lieutenant John Waterworth (d.1672)B0511665Lieutenant Thomas BridgemanW014

Service History

30.8.1652The Council of State wrote to the Commissioners of the Navy desiring then to give a speedy account to the Council why the ships Swiftsure and new frigate at Woolwich are in no better forwardnessTRN2
2.2.1652/53The Admiralty Commitee order that the Swiftsure be ready to sail on the 1st AprilTRN2
18.2.1652/53The Admiralty Commitee order that the Swiftsure be ready to sail on the 1st May with 6 months provisionsTRN2
1.4.1653[Richard Deane] and [George Monck] wrote to the Admiralty Commitee that the Swiftsure will not be ready this two months and that Captain Strong may stay for the SwiftsureTRN2
17.12.1653Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate
25.12.1654Flagship of [General at Sea] [William Penn|Sir William Penn] in the expedition to the West IndiesB051
4.5.1655The fleet left HispaniolaTRN2
10.5.1655Reached Jamaica, which surrendered on the 17thTRN2
25.5.1655The Swiftsure's lower deck guns were placed on board the Discovery, which blew up later in the day. Most of the guns were recoveredTRN2
25.6.1655Sailed for EnglandTRN2
31.8.1655Anchored at SpitheadTRN2
20.4.1657Battle of Santa Cruz
1659Part of Admiral [Edward Monague|Edward Monague's] fleet in the SoundNWB
1660Refitted as a 60 gun Second Rate
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
1666Refitted as a 66 gun Second Rate
1.6.1666Four Days Battle
11.6.1666Surrounded and captured by the Dutch, Vice-Admiral Sir William Berkeley was killed in the actionTRN2


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
25.12.1654-31.8.1655Fleet for the West Indies William Penn (1621-1670) 
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659 Edward Montagu (d.1672) 

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