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HMS Bonaventure (1650)

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Name  President
Length  100 ft (30.5 m) (keel)
Builder  Deptford Dockyard
Tons burthen  462 (bm)
Launched  1650
Renamed  HMS Bonaventure, 1660 HMS Argyll, 1715
Fate  Sunk as breakwater, 1748
Class and type  38-gun fourth rate frigate

Hms bonaventure 1650

President was a 38-gun fourth rate frigate of the Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England by Peter Pett I at Deptford Dockyard, and launched in 1650.

After the Restoration in 1660, she was renamed HMS Bonaventure after a previous ship that had been blown up three years after she was built in 1653. She was widened in 1663, and by 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns. In 1683 she underwent her first rebuild, relaunching as a 40-gun fourth rate ship of the line. Bonaventure was rebuilt a second time in 1699 at Woolwich Dockyard, relaunching as a fourth rate of between 46 and 54 guns. Her third rebuild took place at Chatham Dockyard, where she was rebuilt as a 50-gun fourth rate to the 1706 Establishment, relaunching on 19 September 1711. She was renamed HMS Argyll prior to the Jacobite rising of 1715, and on 27 January 1720 she was ordered to be taken to pieces at Woolwich for what was to be her final rebuild. She was relaunched as a 50-gun fourth rate to the 1719 Establishment on 5 July 1722, and saw much service in home and Atlantic waters. She was employed on blockade duties during the War of the Austrian Succession, and in 1741 Argyll captured five Spanish coasters, and with the assistance of two other warships cut free five captured British warships that were docked in north-western Spain.

The East Indiamen Northampton, Queen Caroline, Halifax, Royal George, Kent, Scarborough, and snow Swift left St Helena on 26 June 1741, together with their escorts, HMS Argyl and HMS Lynn. They arrived safe off of Dover on 16 September.

In 1745 she returned to Britain by way of escorting a convoy and was paid off in 1746. After the conclusion of the war in 1748, Argyll was towed to Harwich and scuttled as part of a breakwater.


HMS Bonaventure (1650) Wikipedia

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