English ship Merhonour (1590)
|Reinstated:||1615 after rebuilding|
|General characteristics as built |
|Tons burthen:||692 bm|
|Length:||100 ft (30 m) (keel)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Depth of hold:||17 ft (5.2 m)|
|Complement:||400 (by 1603)|
|General characteristics after 1615 rebuild[Note 1]|
|Class and type:||40-gun royal ship|
|Tons burthen:||865 bm|
|Length:||112 ft (34 m) (keel)|
|Beam:||38 ft 7 in (11.76 m)|
|Depth of hold:||16 ft 5 in (5.00 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
Merhonour[Note 2] was a ship of the Tudor navy of England. She was built in 1590 by Mathew Baker at Woolwich Dockyard, and was rebuilt by Phineas Pett I at Woolwich between 1612 and 1615, being relaunched on 6 March 1615 as a 40-gun royal ship. She was then laid up at Chatham, only briefly returning to service in the 1630s. She was nevertheless considered to be one of the fastest ships in the Navy.
Merhonour was sold out of the navy in 1650.
- Lavery's details are challenged by both Colledge, and Winfield. Both describe a 1590 build date at Woolwich, while Winfield describes in detail the armament and dimensions both as launched and after the 1615 rebuild.
- The 'HMS' prefix was not used until the middle of the eighteenth century, but is sometimes applied retrospectively
- Winfield. British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p158.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- 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 (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth.
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