English ship Sussex (1652)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Sussex.
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Name: Sussex
Ordered: 27 February 1652
Launched: November 1652
Fate: Accidentally blown up, 9 December 1653
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: c.600
Length: 110 ft (34 m) (keel, estimated)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m) (estimated)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 180 (1653)
Armament: 46 guns (1653)

The Sussex was a fourth-rate frigate, built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at one of the national Dockyards, and launched in late 1652. Her place of building is uncertain, with certain sources recording this as Portsmouth (by John Tippetts), others as Deptford and still others as Woolwich (by Christopher Pett). She was commissioned under Captain Roger Cuttance, and fitted out on the Thames. By 1653, her armament is recorded as consisting of 46 guns.[1]

The Sussex took part in the Battle of Portland in February 1653, and in the Battle of the Gabbard in June 1653, but was accidentally blown up at Portsmouth on 9 December 1653.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Brian (2004). The Ship of the Line. London: Conway Maritime Press. p. 160. ISBN 0-85177-252-8. OCLC 10361880.