English ship Lion (1557)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Lion.
Career (England) English Flag
Name: Golden Lion
Launched: 1557
Renamed: Lion
Fate: Sold, 1698
General characteristics as built
Propulsion: Sails
General characteristics after 1582 rebuild
Propulsion: Sails
General characteristics after 1609 rebuild[1]
Class & type: 38-gun great ship
Tons burthen: 650
Length: 91 ft (28 m) (keel)
Beam: 34 ft 6 in (10.52 m)
Depth of hold: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 38 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1640 rebuild[2]
Tons burthen: 626
Length: 95 ft (29 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
General characteristics after 1658 rebuild[3]
Class & type: 48-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 717
Length: 112 ft (34 m) (keel)
Beam: 35 ft 4 in (10.77 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 48 guns of various weights of shot

Golden Lion (also sometimes Red Lion)[Note 1] was a ship of the English Royal Navy, launched in 1557. She was rebuilt for the first time in 1582.

By the time of her second rebuild, in 1609, she was known as Lion. She was rebuilt at Deptford as a Great ship of 38 guns.[1] In 1640 she was rebuilt again, this time at Woolwich.[2] She was rebuilt for a final time at Chatham in 1658, as a 48-gun third rate ship of the line.[3] By 1677 Lion was mounting 60 guns.[3]

She was sold out of the navy in 1698.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 'HMS' prefix was not used until the middle of the Eighteenth Century, but is sometimes applied retrospectively

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p158.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p159.
  3. ^ a b c d Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p160.

Bibliography

  • 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.