A 17th century British Royal Navy first rate ship of the line of 100 guns. Launched at Woolwich dockyard on October 13, 1637. She was the most extravagantly decorated warship in the Royal Navy, completely adorned from stern to bow with gilded carvings against a black background. At the time she was the most powerfully armed ship in the world. Until 1655 she was also exceptionally large for an English vessel.
Sovereign became leaky and defective with age during the reign of William III, and was laid up at Chatham, ignominiously ending her days by being burnt to the water line as a result of having been set on fire either by accident, negligence or design.
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