HMS St. George (1622)

St. George during the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Painting by Charles Dixon, c.1901. Original in the public domain.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Launched
1622
Decommissioned
1687
AD/BC
AD
History

HMS St. George was an English great ship (precursor to ship of the line), launched in 1622. Originally mounting forty-two guns, St. George eventually mounted fifty-six by 1660. On 20 April, 1657, St. George was the flagship of Admiral Robert Blake, leading twenty-two other warships in the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife against nine Spanish merchant ships escorted by seven warships. All sixteen Spaniards were destroyed, to none lost for the English. St. George was hulked in 1687, and sunk as a blockship ten years later.