English ship Foresight (1570)
|Fate:||Broken up, 1604|
|Notes:||Captain Christopher Baker, who commanded the ship Foresight in the 1588 Spanish Armada for the Royal British Fleet.|
|General characteristics as built|
|Class and type:||41-gun galleon|
|Tons burthen:||294 tons|
|Length:||78 ft (24 m)(keel)|
|Beam:||27 ft (8.2 m)|
|Depth of hold:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Armament:||28 guns of various weights of shot|
Foresight[Note 1] was a 28-gun galleon of the English Tudor navy, built by Mathew Baker at Deptford Dockyard and launched in 1570. It was a radical innovation over contemporary ships. When John Hawkins became Treasurer of the Navy in 1577, he had sailed all over the world, and his ideas contributed to the production of a new race-built series of galleons - of which the Foresight was the first - without the high fore- and after-castles prevalent in earlier galleons; these "marvels of marine design" could reputedly "run circles around the clumsier Spanish competition." As such, the Foresight was part of the English fleet which destroyed most of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
She was broken up in 1604.
- The 'HMS' prefix was not used until the middle of the 18th century, but is sometimes applied retrospectively
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