HMS Jersey (1654)

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Royal Navy EnsignEngland
Name: Jersey
Builder: Starling, Maldon
Launched: 1654
Commissioned: 1654
Captured: 1691, by the French
French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Acquired: 1691
Fate: Destroyed, 10 May 1694
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fourth rate frigate
Tons burthen: 560 4394 bm
Length: 101 ft 10 in (31.0 m) (keel)
Beam: 32 ft 2 in (9.8 m)
Draught: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft 3 in (4.0 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 190
Armament: 40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)

HMS Jersey was a 40-gun fourth rate frigate of the English Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Maldon, and launched in 1654. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns.[1]

In 1669, the diarist Samuel Pepys, while a member of the Navy Board, was temporarily named captain of Jersey as a legal maneuver to make him eligible to sit on a court-martial.[2]

Jersey was captured by the French in 1691.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p160.
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday, 13 March 1669.


  • 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.