HMS Essex (1653)
|Builder:||Phineas Pett II, Deptford Dockyard|
|Captured:||14 June 1666, by the Dutch|
|Career (Dutch Republic)|
|Acquired:||14 June 1666|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Speaker-class frigate|
|Tons burthen:||652 long tons (662.5 t)|
|Length:||118 ft (36.0 m) (keel)|
|Beam:||32 ft 3 in (9.8 m)|
|Depth of hold:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Armament:||48 guns (at launch); 60 guns (1666)|
Between 1 June and 4 June (by the Julian Calendar) 1666 Essex fought at the Four Days Battle. On the final day of the engagement, she was captured by the Dutch. By the time of the battle, Essex's armament had been increased to 60 guns.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p159.
- 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.
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