4th rate wrecked 25th Dec 1689, the second Royal Navy vessel called Centurion
London Gazette, Monday 30-DEC-1689 to Thursday 02-JAN-1689 [Old Style], No.2519
'Plymouth, Decemb. 27. The 25th instant in the night there arose a very violent storm of wind at SW, blowing by gusts, and often shifting...At the same time went likewise from her anchor a Dutch man of war, called the UNITY, who falling foul upon the CENTURION frigat, they were both driven ashore, and staved under Mount Batton within the Sound; of the former there were lost about 150, and of the later [sic] about 12 men.'
C.SP.Dom.William III 1699 p328;
W & R Devon p119;
1689 wreck of English frigate, a Fourth Rate ship of the line, which stranded under Mount Batten during a gale, after a collision with a Dutch warship, the EENDRACHT [SX 45 SE 805 / 1449020], which also stranded in the same place. The CENTURION was later broken up where she lay. Constructed of wood and said to have been armed with between 34 and 50 guns, she was a sailing vessel.
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