Note: A Drawing of the Midship Bend of the Hampshire 1653

By Richard Endsor, published February 2005


The frigate type of construction used by Phineas Pett for the Hampshire in the Deptford dockyard resulted in a light, fast vessel. The Hampshire had to be girdled, probably because she was crank, but the result was that she was involved in several successful engagements. By 1686 she was subjected to what was almost a rebuild, which resulted in her being lopsided and again crank. An investigation of the faults reported by her captain on their return from the Mediterranean led to a drawing of the midship bend of the Hampshire being sent to the Navy Board. A discussion of the implication of these measurements follows. Sent out to Canada as escort to two Hudson’s Bay Company merchantmen, she was involved in an engagement with a 50gun French warship and sank in the icy waters of the Hudson’s Bay. Finding her remains would reveal a complete seventeenth century warship.

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Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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