HMS Mary Rose (1654)

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HMS Mary Rose in battle with seven Algerine pirate ships, 1669.
Royal Navy EnsignEngland
Name: Maidstone
Builder: Munday, Woodbridge
Launched: 1654
Renamed: Mary Rose, 1660
Captured: 1691, by the French
French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Acquired: 1691
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 556
Length: 100 ft (30.5 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.7 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)
For other ships with the same name, see HMS Mary Rose.

The Maidstone was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Woodbridge, and launched in 1654.[1]

After the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, her name was changed to Mary Rose. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns. She fought in the Anglo-Dutch Wars and the War of the Grand Alliance. She was commanded by John Kempthorne in 1669, and fought off an attack by seven Algerine corsairs. Mary Rose was captured by the French in 1691.[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.