HMS Assurance (1646)

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Name: HMS Assurance
Builder: Peter Pett I, Deptford
Launched: 1646
Fate: Sold, 1698
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 32-gun fourth rate frigate
Tons burthen: 340 bm
Length: 89 ft (27 m) (keel)
Beam: 26 ft 10 in (8.18 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 32 guns (at launch); 40 guns (1677)

HMS Assurance was a 32-gun fourth rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, built by Peter Pett I at Deptford Dockyard 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.

Samuel Pepys states in his diary that Assurance sank near Woolwich during a storm in December 1660, with the loss of twenty men.[2] He visited the site a few days later.[3] The ship was subsequently refloated by 17 December.[4]

In August 1666, Assurance participated in the raid on a large Dutch merchant fleet in the Vlie estuary that became known as Holmes's Bonfire. By 1667, Assurance's armament had been increased to 40 guns.[1]

Assurance was sold out of the navy in 1698.[1]



  • 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.