HMS Resolution (1654)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Resolution.
Career (England) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Tredagh
Ordered: December 1652
Builder: Phineas Pett II, Ratcliffe
Launched: 22 May 1654
Renamed: HMS Resolution, 1660
Honours and
awards:

Participated in:

Fate: Burnt, 25 July 1666
General characteristics
Class & type: Third-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 771
Length: 117 ft 3 in (35.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.7 m)
Depth of hold: 14 ft 5 in (4.4 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 50 guns of various weights of shot

The ship that became the first HMS Resolution was a 50-gun third-rate frigate built under the 1652 Programme for the navy of the Commonwealth of England by Sir Phineas Pett at Ratcliffe, and launched in 1654 under the name Tredagh[1] (Tredagh is an alternative name for the Irish town of Drogheda, scene of the Siege of Drogheda, a Roundhead victory, during the English Civil War).

After the Restoration in 1660, Tredagh was renamed HMS Resolution.[1] On 25 February 1665 (Julian calendar, then still in use; 7 March 1666 in the Gregorian calendar) Resolution fought in the Battle of Lowestoft as the flagship of Rear Admiral Robert Sansum. On 25 July 1666 Julian (4 August 1666 Gregorian) she fought in the St. James's Day Battle under the command of Captain Willoughby Hannam as the flagship of Rear Admiral Sir John Harman. In the battle she ran aground and was burnt by a Dutch fireship.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p159.

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.