HMS Dover (1654)

HMS Dover was a 40-gun fourth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Shoreham by William Castle, and launched in 1654. By 1677, her armament had been increased to 48 guns.[1]

Dover, 48-gun fourth-rate, built 1654, rebuilt 1695, by Willem van de Velde.jpg
Dover, 48-gun fourth-rate, built 1654, rebuilt 1695 (Willem van de Velde, 1675)
Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
NameHMS Dover
BuilderCastle, Shoreham
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and typeFourth-rate frigate
Tons burthen554 long tons (562.9 t)
Length104 ft (31.7 m) (keel)
Beam31 ft 8 in (9.7 m)
Depth of hold12 ft 8 in (3.9 m)
Sail planFull-rigged ship
Armament40 guns (1660); 48 guns (1677)
General characteristics after 1695 rebuild[2]
Class and type50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen604 long tons (613.7 t)
Length118 ft (36.0 m) (gundeck)
Beam34 ft 4 in (10.5 m)
Depth of hold12 ft 7 in (3.8 m)
Sail planFull-rigged ship
Armament50 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1716 rebuild
Sail planFull-rigged ship

At the Battle of Solebay of 1672, Dover, commanded by John Ernle, saved Sir John Harman and the Charles from a fire ship.[3]

Dover was rebuilt for the first time in 1695 at Portsmouth, from where she relaunched as a 50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line. She underwent a second rebuild in 1716.[2]


  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 160.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 165.
  3. ^ Publications of the Navy Records Society, vol. 34, pp. 19, 24


  • 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.