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Latitude 50° 21.749 N
Longitude 004° 07.956 W
Accuracy Unknown, not found
Location Cattewater, entrance
Reference NMR 1030379
Craft type 3rd Rate
Date built 1654
Year of loss 1689
Manner of loss Wrecked
Outcome Broken up
Construction Wood
Propulsion Sail
Nationality United Kingdom
Hull length 116ft (keel length)
Hull beam 35ft 7in
Hull displacement 781 tonnes
Armament 60 (in 1685) 24x24pdrs, 30 demi-culverins, 4 demi-culverin drakes & 2 demi culverin cutts
Crew 210- 355
Built William Bright, Horsleydown, River Thames
Master John Neville
Owners Royal Navy

(HMS) Henrietta

The Henrietta was a 3rd Rate Frigate launched in 1654 at Horsleydown on the River Thames, costing £5,568. Originally named the Langport she was renamed after the restoration of the monarchy on the 23rd May 1660.

It was noted on the 31st December in the Calendar of state papers, that a recent storm had seen the destruction of many ships, among them the Henrietta, Centurion, Blade of Wheat, Unity and Dover Prize. The actual incident was on the 25th December, with London Gazette reporting a gusting storm blowing from the south west. The Henrietta was forced from her moorings in the Sound, despite laying out both sheet anchors and the bower anchor. She at first struck upon St Nicholas's Isand (Drakes Island), breaking her stempost and then after onto Fisher's Nose beneath the Citadel before sinking at the entrance to the Cattewater, of the 355 crew estimated to be on board only 80 survived.

The wreck was broken up on the 11th April 1690 with instructions that 'the sound timbers to be used to repair the graving place'.

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Cattewater

The entrance to the Cattewater where the Henrietta sank