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Swiftsure

7036
Nominal Guns56B028
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
Previously
Ordered5.2.1651/52BWAS-1603
Acquired28.9.1653BWAS-1603
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Designed by
Christopher PettBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1620-1668
B028
Constructor
Christopher PettBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1620-1668
B028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the LineB028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Captured1.6.1666BWAS-1603
Becomes

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 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
8.1653 - 1654Captain
William PennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1644-1670
BWAS-1603
1654 - 1655Captain
Jonas PooleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1652-1665
BWAS-1603
8.1654 - 12.1654Captain
Anthony HouldingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1650-1654
BWAS-1603
1656 - 1658Captain
John BourneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1650-1678
BWAS-1603
1658 - 1659Vice-Admiral
William GoodsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Service 1650-1659
BWAS-1603
1660Rear-Admiral
Sir Richard StaynerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1649-1662
BWAS-1603
1.4.1661 - 15.1.1662/63Vice-Admiral
Sir John LawsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1642-1665
B051
12.11.1664 - 9.2.1664/65Vice-Admiral of the Red
Sir John LawsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1642-1665
BWAS-1603
10.2.1664/65 - 28.2.1664/65Vice-Admiral of the White
Thomas TeddemanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1652-1666
BWAS-1603
1.3.1664/65 - 1666Rear-Admiral of the Red
Sir William BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1661-1666
BWAS-1603
1666 - 1.6.1666Vice-Admiral of the White
Sir William BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1661-1666
BWAS-1603

4 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
8.1653 - 1654General at Sea
George MonkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1653-1666
BWAS-1603
1654 - 1655General at Sea
Robert BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Soldier
Service 1649-1657
BWAS-1603
1655General at Sea
William PennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1644-1670
BWAS-1603
10.1656 - 12.1656General at Sea
Robert BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Soldier
Service 1649-1657
BWAS-1603

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.4.1661 - 4.1662Lieutenant
William BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1661-1666
B051
1662 - 1663Lieutenant
John ChicheleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1662-1674
B051
1664 - 1665Lieutenant
John WaterworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1662-1672
B051
1665Lieutenant
Thomas BridgemanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1664-1674
W014

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 Indies
William PennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1644-1670
 
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659
Edward MontaguBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1656-1672
 
 

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