English ship Foresight (1570)

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Name: Foresight
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 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)
Complement: 160
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."[1] 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.


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



  1. ^ Boot, Max (2006). War Made New. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-59240-315-8. 


  • 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.
  • Winfield, Rif (2009) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-040-6.