HMS Crown Prize

 

   

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HMS Crown Prize was a 223 ton 6th rate frigate won from the French in 1691. She was built of wood and carried a crew of twenty two and an armament of 26 cannon. The image above is of a similar French frigate of the time.

 On 9th February 1692 she was lost on her way to the river Dart in Devon. Twenty one men and Captain William Tichborn were all lost when the ship eventually was driven ashore. It is believed she hit the mewstone and drifted south. We have found and researched the cannon on both sides of the entrance to the Dart but neither match the dates around the sinking. Four cannon have been recovered off beesands and one, belonging to Terry Scott, was on display in the “Cellars”. These may well be from the Crown prize as one had the broad arrow navy mark. The following are sketches by Stephen George of the recovered cannon.

 

 

Other ships captured from the French between 1689 and 1708 and put into service with the Royal navy were:

 

Content                              

70 gun (1686) – ex-French captured 29 January 1695, hulk 1703, sold 1715.

 Ruby Prize         

48 gun (1695) – ex-French captured 1695, sold 1698.

 Trident                               

58 gun (1695) – ex-French, captured 29 January 1695, scuttled as breakwater 1701.

Medway Prize  

 50 gun (1697) – ex-French privateer, captured 30 April 1697 and then purchased for the

                                            Navy 20 August  1697, hulk 1699, scuttled as a foundation 1712.

Prompt Prize

80 gun (third rate) (1692, ex-French Prompt 76, captured 12 October 1702), sunk as a wharf 1703

Assurance

70 gun (third rate) (1697, ex-French Assuré 66, captured 12 October 1702), broken up 1712

Ferme

 70 gun (third rate) (1700, ex-French Ferme, captured 12 October 1702), sold 1713

Moderate

64 gun (fourth rate) (1685, ex-French Modéré, captured 12 October 1702), sold 1713

Triton

42 gun (fifth rate, i.e. not a ship of the line) (1697, ex-French Triton, captured 12 October 1702) – sold 1709

Hazardous

 52 gun (fourth rate) (1701, ex-French Hasardeux, captured 6 November 1703) – wrecked 1706

Falkland Prize

54 gun (fourth rate) (1698, ex-French flûte Seine, captured 15 July 1704) – wrecked 1705 and sold 1706

Arrogant

 60 gun (fourth rate) (1685, ex-French Arrogant, captured 20 March 1705), foundered 1709

August

60  gun (fourth rate) (1704, ex-French Auguste, captured 8 August 1705), wrecked 1716

Superb

 64 gun (fourth rate) (1708, ex-French Superbe, captured 29 July 1710), broken up 1732

Moor

 54 gun (fourth rate) (1688, ex-French Maure, captured 13 December 1710, scuttled as a breakwater 1716