HMS Crown (1654)

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Name: Taunton
Builder: Castle, Rotherhithe
Launched: 1654
Renamed: HMS Crown, 1660
Fate: Wrecked, 1719
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type: Fourth-rate frigate
Length: 104 ft (31.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.7 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)
General characteristics after 1704 rebuild[2]
Class and type: 46-54-gun fourth-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 652 long tons (662.5 t)
Length: 126 ft 8 in (38.6 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 34 ft 5.5 in (10.5 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft 6 in (4.1 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 46-54 guns of various weights of shot

The Taunton was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Rotherhithe, and launched in 1654.[1]

After the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, her name was changed to HMS Crown. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns.[1] In 1704, Crown underwent a rebuild at Deptford Dockyard, from where she was relaunched as a fourth-rate ship of the line of between 46 and 54 guns.[2]

Crown was wrecked in 1719.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 160.
  2. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 167.


  • 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.