HMS Feversham (1696)

HMS Feversham was a 32-gun fifth rate warship. She was built at Shoreham, England, in 1696 and between 1706 and 1707 was commanded by Galfridus Walpole.[3] She was shipwrecked with the loss of 102 lives on 7 October 1711 during a voyage from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to New York City, after participating in Admiral Hovenden Walker's disastrous expedition to Quebec.

Name: HMS Feversham
Builder: Thomas Ellis, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex[1]
Launched: 1696
Fate: Wrecked, 7 October 1711
General characteristics
Class and type: Lyme group 32-gun ship
Type: Fifth rate
Tons burthen: 372 tons bm[2]
Length: 107 ft (33 m)[2]
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)[2]
Armament: 32 guns

The wreck is at Scatarie Island, 20 miles from Louisbourg. The British made several unsuccessful attempts to salvage the ship immediately after her sinking. The wreck was finally located and identified in 1996. Treasure hunters recovered significant numbers of coins and silverware, with the coins providing a rare and important example of what archaeologists call a merchant's hoard, a selection of everyday coins used to buy supplies. An exhibit about the wreck is on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[4]


  1. "Ships Built and Registered in Shoreham". 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.
  3. "Galfridus Walpole (d. 1726)". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  4. "HMS Feversham - 1711". Marine Heritage Database. Retrieved 30 July 2015.

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