HMS Advice (1650)

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Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Advice
Builder: Peter Pett II, Woodbridge
Launched: 1650
Captured: 27 June 1711, by French privateers
Career (France) French Royal Navy Ensign
Acquired: 27 June 1711
General characteristics as built[1]
Class & type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 516 long tons (524.3 t)
Length: 100 ft (30.5 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 2 in (9.5 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 3 in (3.7 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)
General characteristics after 1698 rebuild[2]
Class & type: 46-54-gun fourth-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 551 long tons (559.8 t)
Length: 118 ft (36.0 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 32 ft 4 in (9.9 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 1 in (3.7 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 46-54 guns of various weights of shot

HMS Advice was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. It was originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England by Peter Pett II at Woodbrige, and was launched in 1650. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns.[1]

She underwent a rebuild in 1698 at Woolwich Dockyard, from where she was relaunched as a fourth-rate ship of the line of between 46 and 54 guns.[2] On 27 June 1711, while lying in Yarmouth Roads, Advice was attacked by five privateers flying French colours. The French ships lay off Advice's quarter, relieving each other as necessary, and caused a great deal of damage to the sails and rigging. Despite their resistance, Captain Lord Duffus was forced to surrender after two thirds of his crew had been killed or wounded, and he having taken a total of five musket balls to various parts of his body. The privateers took Advice back to Dunkirk.[3]


  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1, p. 160.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p167.
  3. ^ Ships of the Old Navy, Advice (1650).


  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
  • Michael Phillips. Advice (48) (1650). Michael Phillips' Ships of the Old Navy. Retrieved 3 January 2008.