1690 Program Fireships

Complement as fireshipsBWAS-1603
Crew of 45 and 8 x British 6-Pounders
Class NotesBWAS-1603
Another eight 256-ton fireships were ordered in late 1690. On 2nd December 1690, a new estimate was obtained for these. It was no longer stated that these were to be included in the Fifth Rate, but in practice these vessels were treated like their 1689 predecessors. They were now to be 91ft long (LD), with a breadth of 25ft 2in and a depth in hold of 9ft 6in, and with a minimum height between decks of 4ft 8in. The tonnage would be 256 bm, giving a keel length of 76ft. Eight ships were now envisaged at an estimated cost of £23,344.16.0d (or £2,918.2.0d per ship) fully fitted and stored.

NationalityGreat Britain
Nominal Guns28
Approved1690/12/02
Designer 
RateFifth Rate
TypeFireship
Designed Crew115
Ships in Class8

Design ArmamentBroadside Weight = 86.00 Imperial Pound ( 39.00 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck4 x British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 x British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 x British 4-Pounder

Design Dimensions and Ship Information
 OrderedShipyardLaunchedOut of serviceFateGundeck LengthLength of KeelBreadthDepth in holdBurthen
As Designed     91' 0"76' 0"25' 2"9' 6"256
Vulcan (28) 5.9.1690Rotherhithe - London - Surrey 21.2.1690/9110.8.1709Sunk as Breakwater91' 2"80' 0"25' 4 ½"9' 6"274
Blaze (28) 5.9.1690Rotherhithe - London - Surrey 5.3.1690/912.6.1692Expended as Fireship 76' 1"25' 4" 259 6894
Flame (28) 5.9.1690Rotherhithe - London - Surrey 6.3.1690/9122.8.1697Foundered91' 7"80' 0"25' 4 ½"9' 8"273 5194
Strombolo (28) 5.9.1690Blackwall Yard - Blackwall 7.3.1690/9120.8.1713Sold91' 6"78' 1 ½"25' 4"9' 6 ¾"266 6594
Phaeton (28) 25.9.1690Deptford - London 19.3.16914.6.1692Expended as Fireship91' 5"79' 0"25' 7 ½"9' 6"275 8794
Aetna (28) 25.9.1690Hessel Cliff - The Humber 19.3.1690/9118.4.1697Captured90' 11 ¼"81' 3"25' 7 ½"9' 6"283 7494
Lightning (28) 25.9.1690Cuckolds Point - Rotherhithe 20.3.1690/9124.11.1705Captured91' 2"80' 0"25' 2"9' 8 ½"269 4894
Vesuvius (28) 25.9.1690Cuckolds Point - Rotherhithe 30.3.169119.11.1693Expended as Fireship92' 0"80' 0"25' 0"9' 8 ½"248


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