HMS Restoration

Build year 1678

Type of Vessel third rate

Number of Guns 70

Tonnage 1055

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HMS Restoration was a 70-gun third rate of the Kingdom of England built at Harwich Dockyard in 1677/78. After a ten-year stint in Ordinary she was commissioned for the War of the English Succession in 1690. She fought in the Battles of Beachy Head and the Battle of Barfleur. She was rebuilt at Portsmouth in 1699/1702. She was lost on the Goodwin Sands during the Great Storm of November 1703.

This was the first vessel to bear the name Restoration in the English and Royal Navy.

HMS Restoration was awarded the Battle Honour Barfleur 1692.

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Added: HMS Restoration wreck on Goodwin Sands, known and researched site.

HMS Resolution

Build year 1667

Type of Vessel third rate

Number of Guns 70

Tonnage 885

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Added by Chris Scott: Wreck is possibly in Normans Bay, Pevensey.  But wreck could be either HMS Resolution or a Dutch 1650’s ship. Timber not from UK but there are records of some imported timber used in Harwich. There are over 50 guns on the site I believe the site could be confirmed from the study of the cannons. As far as I know none have not been recovered or cleaned. Will try to find out. If we can prove it is the Harwich ship that would be an amazing outcome. Lying in shallow water with a “tourist underwater path”.

HMS Colchester

Build year 1744

Type of Vessel fourth rate

Number of Guns 50

Tonnage 876

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Added by Chris Scott: Records show that the ship left Harwich and made passage to the Downs. Then set out from the Downs to the Nore. It is hard to believe that the route went by the proposed wreck site. It is more likely that it would have been going to the Nore from Harwich or from Woolwich where it may have taken on the guns.  We know the guns were fitted at the time of sinking as they were fired as a distress signal.