English ship Triumph (1562)

Triumph of 1562 was the first vessel of record to hold the name. She was a 60-gun English galleon built in Deptford in 1561–62 and launched in October 1562.

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Name: Triumph
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Laid down: 1561
Launched: October 1562
Fate: Rebuilt 1598–99. Condemned, 1618
General characteristics as newbuilt 1561-62
Class and type: 42-gun great ship
Tons burthen: 742 tons
Length: Unrecorded
Beam: Unrecorded
Depth of hold: Unrecorded
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 500
  • 42 guns - comprising 9 demi-cannon, 4 cannon periers, 14 culverins,
  • 7 demi-culverins, 6 sakers and 2 minions. Also 26 smaller (4 port-pieces, 10 fowlers and 12 bases).
General characteristics as rebuilt 1598-99[1]
Class and type: 55-gun great ship
Tons burthen: 760 tons
Length: 100 ft (30 m) (keel)
Beam: 40 ft (12 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 500
  • 55 guns - comprising 3 demi-cannon, 4 cannon periers, 19 culverins,
  • 16 demi-culverins and 13 sakers. Also 4 smaller (fowlers).

With a nominal burden of 1000 tons, she was the largest ship built in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Triumph was a square-rigged galleon of four masts, including two lateen-rigged mizzenmasts. She served effectively as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Martin Frobisher during the battle of the Spanish Armada in 1588. In 1595–96 she was rebuilt as a race-built galleon, but at the time of the Commission of Enquiry in 1618 she was condemned and broken up.


  1. ^ Oppenheim, A History of the Administration of the Royal Navy 1509-1660, p124.


  • R C Anderson. List of English Men of War 1509 - 1649.
  • Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84832-040-6.

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