HMS Swallow (1653)

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Name: Gainsborough
Builder: Thomas Taylor, Pitchouse
Launched: 1653
Renamed: Swallow, 1660
Fate: Wrecked, 1692
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 543 bm
Length: 100 ft 10 in (30.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 10 in (9.7 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 150 initially, later 180, finally 230 in wartime.
Armament: 40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1666 and 1677), comprising 22 culverins, 20 demi-culverins and 6 sakers

Gainsborough was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the English Navy, originally built under the 1652 programme for the navy of the Commonwealth of England by Thomas Taylor at Pitch House (Wapping), and launched in 1653.[1] She was named for the Parliamentarian victory at the Battle of Gainsborough in 1643.

After the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, she was renamed Swallow. By 1666 her armament had been increased to 48 guns. Swallow was wrecked at Kinsale on 9 February 1692.[1]


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


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