HMS Leopard (1659)

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Name: HMS Leopard
Ordered: 29 September 1657
Builder: Jonas Shish, Deptford Dockyard
Launched: February 1659
Fate: Sunk as breakwater, 1699
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 645 long tons (655.4 t)
Length: 109 ft (33.2 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 9 in (10.3 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 44 guns (1660); 54 guns (1677)

Leopard was a 44-gun fourth-rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Deptford, and launched in February 1659. By 1666 her armament had been increased to 56 guns.[1]

Leopard was sunk as the foundation for a breakwater in 1699.[1]


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


  • 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.
  • 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.