HMS Gloucester (1654)

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Career (England) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Gloucester
Builder: Graves, Limehouse
Launched: 1654
Fate: Wrecked, 1682
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Speaker-class frigate
Tons burthen: 755 long tons (767.1 t)
Length: 117 ft (35.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 34 ft 10 in (10.6 m)
Depth of hold: 14 ft 6 in (4.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 50 guns (at launch); 60 guns (1677)

HMS Gloucester was a 50-gun third rate Speaker-class frigate built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Limehouse, and launched in 1654.[1] By 1677 her armament had been increased to 60 guns.[1]

Gloucester was wrecked in 1682[1] off Great Yarmouth, while carrying the Duke of York to Leith. Victims of the sinking included Robert Ker, 3rd Earl of Roxburghe and Donough O'Brien, Lord Ibrackan.


  1. ^ a b c d 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.