HMS Royal Sovereign

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HMS Royal Sovereign

Rating: First Rate

Class: Invincible

Date of Commission: September 10th 1721

Current Captain: Robert Middlemore

Guns: 102

Crew: 825 souls

Status: At Sea

Ship History

HMS Royal Sovereign is a 102-gun First Rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Woolwich Dockyards and launched in July 1701. She was been built using some of the salvageable timbers from the previous Royal Sovereign - originally Sovereign of the Seas - which had been destroyed by fire in 1697, and had been one of the most famous and formidable warships of the 17th century.

A well-regarded ship and a fine sailer, Royal Sovereign saw notable service in the War of the Spanish Succession as flagship of the fleet commanded by Admiral George Rooke. In late 1721 she was transferred to the West Indies Station, where she underwent a refit at St. John's Dockyards before being placed under the command of Viscount Middlemore as part of the St. George Squadron of the White.

Notable Actions

Port Date Battle type Enemy Result Notes
St. John's 18th September 1721 Defence France Victory Undamaged, accounted for 3 enemy ships
Belize 3rd December 1721 Defence Spain Victory Undamaged, accounted for 3 enemy ships
Jaqueme 4th January 1722 Attack France Victory Undamaged, accounted for 3 enemy ships
Spanish Town 15th January 1722 Defence France Victory Undamaged
Cayo de Marquis 8th April 1722 Attack France Victory Undamaged, accounted for 5 enemy ships
Puerto Cabezas 21st April 1722 Attack France Victory Undamaged