HMS Happy Return (1654)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Happy Return.
Royal Navy EnsignEngland
Name: Winsby
Ordered: 27 December 1652
Builder: Edmund Edgar, Yarmouth
Launched: 21 February 1654
Renamed: HMS Happy Return, 1660
Captured: 1691, by the French
French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Acquired: 1691
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 605
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)
Propulsion: Sails
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.[1] 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.[1]


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


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  • Winfield, Rif (2009) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84832-040-6.