English ship Defiance (1590)

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Name: Defiance
Launched: 1590
Fate: Sold, 1650
General characteristics as built
Class and type: 46-gun galleon
Armament: 46 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1615 rebuild[1]
Class and type: 40-gun great ship
Tons burthen: 700
Length: 97 ft (30 m) (keel)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 40 guns of various weights of shot

Defiance[Note 1] was a 46-gun galleon of the English Tudor navy, launched in 1590.[2]

She was rebuilt as a 40-gun great ship in 1615 by Phineas Pett I at Woolwich.[1] Defiance was sold out of the navy in 1650.[1]


  1. ^ The 'HMS' prefix was not used until the middle of the 18th century, but is sometimes applied retrospectively



  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 158.
  2. ^ Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 14.


  • 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.