These were small wooden warships, developed around the late 15th Century, and used by many Dutch Nations. Adopted by The English Royal Navy as a “Hoy Ship”, they were used primarily to transport men and material. They were equipped with several small cannon for self-defense. Around 25 to 40 feet long, with a 15 to 20 foot beam (height), these vessels were comparable to a “Fast Attack” Frigate or Sloop (seen around the late 16th to 18th Centuries). Crommesteven's were particular in English history as being the classification of ship (31 in total), that signaled the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603.