Swiftsure

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Nominal Guns56B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate great ship 'Swiftsure' (1621) (46)
Ordered5.2.1651/52BWAS-1603
Acquired28.9.1653BWAS-1603
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Designed byChristopher Pett (1620-1667/68)B028
ConstructorChristopher Pett (1620-1667/68)B028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Captured1.6.1666BWAS-1603
BecomesDutch Second Rate ship of the line 'Oudshoorn' (1666) (70)

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
8.1653 - 1654CaptainWilliam Penn (d.1670)BWAS-16031654 - 1655CaptainJonas PooleBWAS-16038.1654 - 12.1654CaptainAnthony HouldingBWAS-16031656 - 1658CaptainJohn BourneBWAS-16031658 - 1659Vice-AdmiralWilliam Goodson (1610-1680)BWAS-16031660Rear-AdmiralSir Richard Stayner (d.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 WhiteThomas 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


DatesRankNameSource
8.1653 - 1654General at SeaGeorge Monk (d.1669/70)BWAS-16031654 - 1655General at SeaRobert Blake (1598-1657)BWAS-16031655General at SeaWilliam Penn (d.1670)BWAS-160310.1656 - 12.1656General at SeaRobert Blake (1598-1657)BWAS-1603

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.4.1661 - 4.1662LieutenantWilliam Berkeley (1639-1666)B0511662 - 1663LieutenantJohn Chicheley (1641-1690/91)B0511664 - 1665LieutenantJohn Waterworth (d.1672)B0511665LieutenantThomas BridgemanW014

Service History


DateEventSource
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


Fleets

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

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B065The Ship of the Line Vol IBrian LaveryBook
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
W014Anglo-Dutch Wars BLOGJames C BenderWeb Site
NWBNaval wars in the Baltic during the Sailing Ship EpochR C AndersonBook
 

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