1653 - The Hampshire launched

Admiral Blake won a sea battle against the Dutch off the Isle of Wight. 11 warships, 30 merchant ships and 1,000 Dutch prisoners were captured. “Hampshire” (640 tons) launched from Dockyard. Naval expenditure at Portsmouth increased from £6,860 in 1625 to £13,700 in 1653.

New Dry dock under construction in the dockyard. The corporation of Portsmouth contributed £500. Two new Rope Walks, 1,095 ft long built in the Dockyard.

“Sussex”, a new 46 gun ship, blew up in Portsmouth harbour.