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Frank Scott
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    Portsmouth seems to have been quite a common warship name in the 17th century, so much so that at times there was more than one vessel of that name.

    Although quite a few battle honours were awarded (all in that era), vessels of this name do seem to have had a habit of being captured.
    Portsmouth (1) 46-gun, built 1649 (under Commonwealth) captured 1689
    Portsmouth (Shallop) (2) taken from French 1655, captured by Royalists 1655
    Portsmouth (3) ketch built 1665, captured 1673
    Portsmouth (4) sloop built 1667, captured 1672
    Portsmouth (5) yacht/bomb built 1674, wrecked 1703
    Portsmouth (6) 32-gun, built 1690, captured 1696
    Portsmouth (Prize) (7) taken from French 1694, recaptured 1696

    Battle Honours:
    Dover 1652
    Gabbard 1653
    Schevingen 1653
    Lowestoft 1665
    Four Days’ Battle 1666
    Bugia 1671
    Texel 1673
    Bantry Bay 1680
    Barfleur 1692

    Worth noting that there have also been warships named Southsea Castle (1696, 1697, 1708, 1745), Portchester Castle (1944), and Gosport (1696, 1707, 1741), so the area cannot be said to have been overlooked.