2. The Fleet

A Portuguese Carrack surrounded in the Malacca Straits

A Portuguese Carrack surrounded in the Malacca Straits

James Lancaster's fleet of 1601 was made up of four ships:

The Ascension (formerly in the Levant trade between England and Turkey)

Rating: 260 tons

Guns: 24

Crew: 75

The Hector (formerly a Levant trader)

Rating: 800 tons

Guns: 24

Crew: 110

The Susan(formerly a Levant trader)

Bought from Alderman Paul Banning for 1,600 pounds.

Rating: 240 tons

Guns: 24

Crew: 88

The Red Dragon (flagship).

Built in 1595 as a privateer (trading on behalf of a rich individual) or merchantman for George Clifford, third Earl of Cumberland. Bought for 3,700 pounds. Former name: Scourge of Malice.

Rating: 600 - 900 tons

Guns: 38

Crew: approximately 200