HMS Nonsuch (1668)

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Career (England) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Nonsuch
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Launched: 1668
Captured: On 4 January 1695 by a French privateer
General characteristics
Class and type: 36-gun fifth rate (as launched)
Re-rated as 42-gun fourth rate in 1669
Re-rated as 36-gun fifth rate in 1691
Tons burthen: 359 bm
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

HMS Nonsuch was a 36-gun fifth rate of the Royal Navy launched in 1668. She was upgraded to a 42-gun fourth-rate in 1669, and then reverted to 36-gun fifth rate in 1691. She was captured on 4 January 1695 by the French privateer Le Francais. She was for a time commanded by a Captain Booth, who reprimanded a junior officer, John Benbow for his comments regarding her fighting capability.[1]


  1. Stephen, Leslie (1885). Dictionary of National Biography. Volume IV. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 208.