HMS Fairfax (1653)

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Career (England) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Fairfax
Builder: John Taylor, Chatham
Launched: 1653
Fate: Wrecked, 1682
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Speaker-class frigate
Tons burthen: 756 long tons (768.1 t)
Length: 118 ft (36.0 m) (keel)
Beam: 34 ft 9 in (10.6 m)
Depth of hold: 14 ft 4 in (4.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 52 guns of various weights of shot

HMS Fairfax was a 52-gun third rate Speaker-class frigate, built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England by John Taylor at Chatham and launched in 1653.[1] She retained her name after the Restoration in 1660.

Fairfax was wrecked in 1682.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 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.