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HMS Swiftsure
1621

HMS Swiftsure was a 42-gun great ship of the English Royal Navy, built by Andrew Burrell at Deptford and launched in 1621. She was rebuilt in 1654 at Woolwich by Christopher Pett as a 60-gun third rate ship of the line. She was the flagship
of Vice-Admiral Sir William Berkeley at the Four Days' Battle against the Dutch in 1666. Berkeley led the van of the English fleet on the first day of the battle, June 1st, but outsailed his squadron into the midst of the Dutch, and was surrounded. After a fierce battle in which Berkeley was killed, Switsure was captured. The Dutch renamed her the Oudshoorn (70 cannon) and changed the quartergalleries to hide her identity. She fought in the Battle of Solebay in 1672.

 HMS Swiftsure 1621

The four captured men-of-war - ‘Swiftsure,’ ‘Seven Oaks,’ ‘Loyal George,’ and ‘Convertine’ - brought into the Goereese Gat after the Four Day Battle at Sea, June 11 thru 14, 1666: episode from the Second Anglo-Dutch War.  Willem van de Velde the Younger.

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