HMS Dover (1654)

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Dover, 48-gun fourth-rate, built 1654, rebuilt 1695, by Willem van de Velde.jpg
Dover, 48-gun fourth-rate, built 1654, rebuilt 1695 (Willem van de Velde, 1675)
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Name: HMS Dover
Builder: Castle, Shoreham
Launched: 1654
General characteristics as built[1]
Class & type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 554 long tons (562.9 t)
Length: 104 ft (31.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.7 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 8 in (3.9 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)
General characteristics after 1695 rebuild[2]
Class & type: 50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 604 long tons (613.7 t)
Length: 118 ft (36.0 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 34 ft 4 in (10.5 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 7 in (3.8 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 50 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1716 rebuild
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

HMS Dover was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Shoreham, and launched in 1654. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns.[1]

At the Battle of Solebay of 1672, Dover, commanded by John Ernle, saved Sir John Harman and the Charles from a fire ship.[3]

Dover was rebuilt for the first time in 1695 at Portsmouth, from where she relaunched as a 50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line. She underwent a second rebuild in 1716.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 160.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 165.
  3. ^ Publications of the Navy Records Society, vol. 34, pp. 19, 24

References[edit]

  • 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.