Saturday, March 05, 2005

The Henrietta, built in early 1654

Another ship from Pepys' list is the 3rd Rate Henrietta (from Tanner's book, Vol.I):
  • She was built at Horsley Downs by Mr. Bright in early 1654
  • Length on the keel: 116ft-0in
  • Breadth on the beam: 35ft-7in
  • Depth in hold: 14ft-4in
  • Draught of water: 17ft-0in
  • Burden: 781 tons
  • Crew in peacetime anywhere: 215 men
  • Crew in wartime abroad: 280 men
  • Crew in wartime at home: 355 men
  • Guns in peacetime anywere: 54 guns
  • Guns in wartime abroad: 54 guns
  • Guns in wartime at home: 62 guns

At the Four Days' Battle in June 1666, the Henrietta was commanded by Walter Wood. She carried 58 guns, consisting of 20-demi-cannon (32pdr), 4-culverins (18pdr), 26-12pdr, and 8-demi-culverins (9pdr). Her crew was about 300 men for the battle.

The Henrietta had been built as the Langport, but was renamed at the Restoration. She was wrecked in 1689. Sources:

  1. H.A. van Foreest and R.E.J. Weber, De Vierdaagse Zeeslag 11-14 Juni 1666, 1984.

  2. Brian Lavery, The Ship of the Line, Vol.I, 1983.

  3. J.R. Tanner, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Naval Manuscripts in the Pepysian Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vol.I, 1903.

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