HMS Antelope (1653)

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Name: Preston
Builder: Carey, Woodbridge
Launched: 1653
Renamed: Antelope, 1660
Fate: Sold, 1693
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 516 long tons (524.3 t)
Length: 101 ft (30.8 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)

The Preston was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Woodbridge, and launched in 1653.[1]

After the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, her name was changed to Antelope. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns.[1]

In 1681 James Story, captain of Antelope, conducted a census of the Avalon colony (now Ferryland, Newfoundland) and on 1 September 1681, wrote An Account of what fishing Ships, Sack Ships, Planters and Boatkeepers from Trepassey to Bonavista...

Antelope was sold out of the navy in 1693.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p160.


  • 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.