HMS Adventure (1646)

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Royal Navy EnsignEngland
Name: Adventure
Builder: Peter Pett II, Woolwich
Launched: 1646
Captured: By the French on 1 March 1709
French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Acquired: 1 March 1709
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type: 34-gun fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 385 bm
Length: 94 ft (28.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 27 ft 9 in (8.5 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 34 guns (at launch); 40 guns (1677)
General characteristics after 1691 rebuild
Class and type: 44-gun fourth-rate ship
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 44 guns of various weights of shot

Adventure was a 34-gun fourth-rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, built by Peter Pett II at Woolwich and launched in 1646.[1] The term 'frigate' during the period of this ship referred to a method of construction, rather than a role which did not develop until the following century.

Ship plan

Used on Bulstrode Whitelocke's embassy to Sweden 1653-1654. [2]

By 1677 her armament had been increased to 40 guns.[1] Adventure was rebuilt as a 44-gun fourth rate at Chatham Dockyard in 1691. She was captured by the French off Martinique, in the West Indies on 1 March 1709.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 159.
  2. ^ T. Becket, p.98.
  3. ^ Colledge, p. 5.


  • A Journal of the Swedish Embassy, in the Years MDCLIII and MDCLIV from the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Volym 1 , T. Becket and P.A. de Hondt, 1772
  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. 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.
  • 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.