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HMS Monmouth
1667

HMS Monmouth was a 66-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, and was likely named for James, Duke of Monmouth. She served from 1667 to 1767, winning ten battle honours over a century of active service. She was rebuilt a total of three times during her career—each time effectively becoming a completely new ship.

She was built at Chatham Dockyard in 1667 by Phineas Pett II—seeing action while still in the Thames, during the Raid on the Medway, and fought at the Battle of Solebay in 1672, shortly followed by the Battle of Texel in 1673. She fought at the Battle of Barfleur in 1692. Monmouth underwent her first rebuild at Woolwich Dockyard in 1700, remaining a 66-gun
ship.

After a hundred years of service, she was finally broken up in 1767; a newspaper of the time gave her epitaph as “ There was no ship she ever chased that she did not overtake: there was no enemy she ever fought that she did not capture."

 HMS Monmouth 1667

The Capture of Foudroyant by HMS Monmouth. Painting by F. Swaine.

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