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The London was a 76 gun second-rate ship of the line. She gained fame as one of the ships that escorted Charles II from Holland back to England during the English Restoration, carrying Charles' younger brother James Duke of York, and commanded by Captain John Lawson.

London was accidentally blown up in 1665 and sank in the Thames Estuary. According to Samuel Pepys 300 of her crew were killed, 24 were blown clear and survived, including one woman.


Type: second-rate ship of the line
Built: Chatham Dockyard , 1656
Owner: Navy of the Commonwealth of England
Complement: 325
Armament: 76

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