HMS Bristol (1653)

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Career (England) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Bristol
Builder: Tippetts, Portsmouth
Launched: 1653
Career (France) French Royal Navy Ensign
Acquired: April 1709
Captured: 1709, by the Royal Navy
Fate: Sunk, 1709
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type: Fourth rate frigate
Tons burthen: 532 long tons (540.5 t)
Length: 104 ft (31.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 1 in (9.5 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 44 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)
General characteristics after 1693 rebuild[2]
Class and type: 50-gun Fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 710 long tons (721.4 t)
Length: 130 ft (39.6 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.7 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 50 guns of various weights of shot

HMS Bristol was a 44-gun Fourth rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Portsmouth, and launched in 1653. She was the first ship of the Royal Navy to bear this name. By 1677 her armament had been increased to 48 guns.[1] Life aboard her when cruising in the Mediterranean in 1677-8 is described in the diary of Henry Teonge.

In 1693, Bristol was rebuilt at Deptford as a 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line.[2]

In April 1709 she was captured by the French, but was recaptured two weeks later, at which time she was sunk.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1, p. 160.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 165.


  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.