1689 Program Fireships

Complement as fireshipsBWAS-1603
Crew of 45 with 8 x British 6-Pounders
General notesBWAS-1603
Essentially these vessels differed little from the smaller Fifth Rates with which they were classed. The use of a two-decker layout was ideal, as ports could be provided along the lower deck to create a fierce draught; these ports were fitted with lids hinged at the bottom (normal gunport lids were hinged at the top) so that they could not be closed by fire burning through the tackles that held the lid). Aft on the same deck was a large sallyport through which the final skeleton crew could escape into a boat after the fireship was set on its final task. On the deck above a lattice-work was constructed as a false platform on which combustibles could be stored, while large chimneys were fitted through the upper deck to increase the circulation of air.

NationalityGreat Britain
Nominal Guns28
Approved1689/12/06
Designer 
RateFifth Rate
TypeFireship
Designed Crew115
Ships in Class12

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     93' 0"77' 10"24' 8"9' 8"252
Dolphin (28) 6.12.1689Chatham Dockyard 29.3.169028.5.1709Broken Up to Rebuild93' 6"82' 0"24' 9 ½"9' 8"268 794
Speedwell (28) 6.12.1689Rotherhithe 3.4.169010.1701Broken Up to Rebuild94' 0"78' 6"24' 11"9' 8"259 5394
Spy (28) 6.12.1689Cuckolds Point 6.4.169012.1.1692/93Burnt91' 6"80' 0"25' 4 ½"9' 6 ½"253
Hopewell (28) 3.12.1689Shoreham 15.4.16903.6.1690Burnt93' 3 ½"79' 4"24' 10 ¾"9' 8 ½"261 5194
Fox (28) 6.12.1689Shoreham 16.4.16904.6.1692Expended as Fireship93' 4"79' 1"25' 1"9' 8"264 294
Hawk (28) 6.12.1689Wapping 17.4.169012.1712Sunk as Breakwater94' 10 ½"86' 8"25' 0"9' 7"288 1194
Roebuck (28) 6.12.1689Wapping 17.4.169024.2.1699/0Foundered96' 0"84' 5"25' 6"9' 9 ¾"291 9294
Griffin (28) 6.12.1689Rotherhithe 17.4.16901702Broken Up to Rebuild94' 9 ½"82' 4"24' 8 ½"9' 9 ½"267 3494
Wolf (28) 6.12.1689Deptford 18.4.16902.6.1692Expended as Fireship93' 1"81' 10"24' 11"9' 9"270 3394
Hound (28) 6.12.1689Limehouse 18.4.16902.6.1692Expended as Fireship93' 9"81' 8 ½"25' 0"9' 8"271 6094
Vulture (28) 6.12.1689Deptford 18.4.169010.12.1708Captured93' 0"82' 2"24' 10 ¼"9' 7 ½"270 3094
Hunter (28) 6.12.1689Rotherhithe 29.4.169020.9.1710Captured93' 6"84' 7"24' 10"9' 11"277 4394

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook

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