Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
In1672 over 60% of the men on the Leopard were pressed.
(Gentlemen and Tarpaulins by J. D. Davies)
March 1649 Blake arrived at the Tejo to demand the surrender of Rupert's Royalist fleet. Rupert tried the opportunity to experiment with a primative time bomb concealed in a barrel and to be smuggled by one of his soldiers, disguised as a Portuguese, on board the Leopard the flagship of Blake's Vice-Admiral. The man was discovered and captured before he could plant the infernal machine.
(Ollard..Man of War)
The Leopard at the Battle of Leghorn.
The Leopard fought the Zon and Julius Caesar and inflicted heavy losses on them...The Leopard, Appleton's flagship, was engaged by the Eendracht, and was eventually captured.
The survivors that served in the First Anglo-Dutch War had 44 guns, with the lower tier being culverins (18pdr) and the upper tier demi-culverins (9pdr). The Leopard carried a heavier armament, although being a similar size. She was given somewhere between 48 to 52 guns, depending on which source you believe. From 1652 on, the survivors were rated as 4th Rates, although they gave a larger appearance...The Leopard had a fairly long career in Dutch service as the Luipaard. She was listed as being in service in July 1654. Her dimensions in Amsterdam feet were: 145ft x 35ft x 14ft. Note that the Dutch measured ships differently, using the length from stem-to-sternpost and the beam inside the planking. At the Battle of Lowestoft in 1665, she carried 58 guns and had a crew of 280 men. The typical English crew during the First Anglo-Dutch War for these ships was 200 with 44 guns. We don't know of the Luipaard's service past Lowestoft.
picture of battle of Leghorn http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/aria/aria_assets/SK-A...
HMS Leopard (1659)
Leopard [the second of the name] was a 44-gun fourth-rate frigate of the English Royal Navy, originally built for the navy of the Commonwealth of England at Deptford, and launched in February 1659. By 1666 her armament had been increased to 56 guns.
Leopard was sunk as the foundation for a breakwater in 1699 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Leopard_%28165...
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