HMS Happy Return (1654)
|Ordered:||27 December 1652|
|Builder:||Edmund Edgar, Yarmouth|
|Launched:||21 February 1654|
|Renamed:||HMS Happy Return, 1660|
|Captured:||1691, by the French|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Fourth-rate frigate|
|Length:||104 ft (31.7 m) (keel)|
|Beam:||33 ft 2 in (10.1 m)|
|Depth of hold:||13 ft 2 in (4.0 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Armament:||44 guns (1660); 54 guns (1677)|
The Winsby was a 44-gun fourth-rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Yarmouth, and launched in February 1654. the Winsby was named for the Parliamentarian victory at the Battle of Winceby.
After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, she was renamed HMS Happy Return, as her name was incompatible with the restored Stuart monarchy. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 54 guns. Happy Return was captured by the French in 1691.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p160.
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