English ship Fairfax (1650)
|Builder:||Peter Pett, Deptford|
|Fate:||Accidentally burnt, 1653|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Speaker-class frigate|
|Tons burthen:||7458⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||116 ft (35.4 m) (keel)|
|Beam:||34 ft 9 in (10.6 m)|
|Draught:||17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)|
|Depth of hold:||14 ft 4 in (4.4 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Armament:||52 guns of various weights of shot|
Fairfax was commissioned in 1650 under Captain William Penn, then serving as Commonwealth's Vice Admiral for the Irish coast. In mid-1650 she saw action against French ships in the English Channel. Later that year her command was transferred to Captain John Lawson.
In 1651, Captain Penn was assigned to the role of Admiral in the Mediterranean, and chose Fairfax as his flagship. After an uneventful year of service, command was again transferred to Captain Lawson, under whose direction Fairfax participated in the Battle of Dover, and the Battle of Portland in the following year.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p159.
- Winfield 2009, p. 45
- Lavery, Brian (2003). The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0851772528.
- Winfield, Rif (2009). British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers & Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 9781848320406.
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