Lyon's Whelp

Lyon's Whelp

In 1628, the very wealthy Duke of Buckingham built a private fleet of 10 three-masted, armed full rigged pinnaces, each of which carried the name Lion's Whelp. At least one Lion's Whelp participated in the English attempt to relieve the Huguenot citadel of La Rochelle during the Anglo-French War. Little information has survived about the careers of the other Lion's Whelps and they disappear from the historical record in 1654. Important documents about their finance and construction have survived and made a lasting contribution to our understanding of the Navy Royal during the early 17th century.

Lion's Whelp, 1628
Career (England)
Name: Lion's Whelp
Ordered: February 28, 1628
Laid down: March 1628
Launched: late July, 1628
Acquired: Duke of Buckingham, July, 1628; Royal Navy, 1632
Commissioned: 1632
In service: 1628 to 1628 to 1654
Out of service: 1628 to 1628 to 1654
Fate: Various
Notes: John Graves built eighth and ninth Whelps. Phineas Pett's certificates of works done have survived for all Whelps except the ninth.
General characteristics
Type: 3-masted pinnace, auxiliary oared warship
Displacement: 186 tons 180 long tons (183 t)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Sweeps (two oars between each cannon port).
Armament: 9 broadside cannons, 2 sternchase gunports
Notes: The Whelps were classed as ships "of the sixth rank"

Read more about Lyon's Whelp:  Introduction, The Earl of Nottingham, Warrants, Contracts, and Shipbuilders, The Anglo-French War, A Lion's Whelp To Massachusetts, Appendix: 10 Lion's Whelps

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