English ship Swiftsure (1573)

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Name: Swiftsure
Builder: Peter Pett, at Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 1573
Renamed: Speedwell
Fate: Lost, 1624
General characteristics as built
Class and type: Galleon
Tons burthen: 350
Complement: 200
Armament: 29 major guns, plus 4 fowlers
General characteristics after 1607 rebuild[1]
Class and type: Middling ship
Tons burthen: 333
Length: 74 ft (23 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship

Swiftsure[Note 1] was a galleon of the English Navy, launched in 1573. She was rebuilt in 1592.

In 1607 she was renamed Speedwell,[1] when she was rebuilt for a second time at Deptford, now classed as a middling ship.[1] She was wrecked near Vlissingen on 1 November 1624.[1]


  1. ^ The 'HMS' prefix was not used until the middle of the 18th century, but is sometimes applied retrospectively



  1. ^ a b c d Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p158.