Name Centurion
Latitude 50° 21.2768 N
Longitude 004° 07.6988 W
Depth 5m
Accuracy Unknown not found
Location Description Mount Batten
Reference NMR 876437
Craft type 4th Rate
Date built 1650
Date of loss 25th Dec 1689
Manner of loss Wrecked
Outcome Broken up
Construction Wood
Propulsion Sail
Nationality United Kingdom
Hull length 31.7m
Hull beam 9.45m
Hull draft 3.96m
Hull displacement 531tons
Armament 22 x culverin drakes
22 x 8pdr long guns
6 x saker cutts
Crew 230
Built Pett, Ratcliffe
Master CBeaumont. Basilapt.
Owners Royal Navy

(HMS) Centurion

The 48 gun Centurion was a 4th rate ship launched at Ratcliff in 1650 and was added to the Navy during the Commonwealth, she was the second RN ship to carry that name. Amongst her other battle honours she took part in the Battle of Dover on 19th May 1652 during the The First Anglo-Dutch War (1652 - 1654).

On the night of 25th December 1689 a violent south-westerly wind caused many ships in Plymouth Sound to drag their anchors. The Centurion fell foul of the Dutch warship Eendracht (Unity) and they were both driven ashore under Mount Batten, the Dutch losing about 150 men and 12 from the Centurion.

The Centurion was later broken up where she lay.

The Henrietta, Centurion, Blade of Wheat and Dover Prize were lost in the same storm.

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The Battle of Dover