HMS Dreadnought (1660)

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Royal Navy EnsignEngland
Name: Torrington
Ordered: December 1652
Builder: Henry Johnson, Blackwall Yard
Launched: early 1654
Renamed: Dreadnought, 1660
Fate: Foundered 1690
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Speaker-class frigate
Tons burthen: 7343894 (bm)
Length: 116 ft 8 in (35.6 m) (keel)
Beam: 34 ft 6 in (10.5 m)
Depth of hold: 14 ft 2 in (4.3 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 52 guns (at launch); 62 guns (1677)

HMS Dreadnought was a 52-gun third-rate ship of the line, in service with the Royal Navy from 1660 to 1690.

The ship was originally launched in 1654 under the name Torrington for the navy of the Commonwealth of England. Her builder was shipwright Henry Johnson at Blackwall Yard, London. She was named for the Parliamentarian victory at the Battle of Torrington in 1646.

She was renamed Dreadnought after the Restoration in 1660. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 62 guns.[1]

After an active career in both the Second Dutch War and Third Dutch War, Dreadnought foundered at sea in October 1690.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 159.


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