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1689 Program 32-Gunner

General notes on ClassBWAS-1603
The prototype demi-batterie ships to be designed for the Royal Navy, for which the basic specification - devised by Admiral the Earl of Torrington (Arthur Herbert) - provided for "one tier of ordnance flush and that to be on the upper deck whereby they will be able to carry them out in all weathers" (a freeboard of at least 7ft for the ten pairs of UD sakers was provided); below this the lower deck had just two pairs of gunports, for larger calibre guns (demi-culverins) only deployable in a flat calm, with ten oar-ports a side and a centrally-placed loading port. Following a preliminary instruction by the Admiralty on 4.5.1689 for the Navy Board to "prepare an estimate of the charge of building five (Fifth Rates) together with a draught of the said ships", five new 32-gun Fifth Rates were ordered from the Dockyards in June 1689, to carry 10 guns a side (and) to have 10 oar ports or scuttles on each side

NationalityGreat Britain
Nominal Guns32
RateFifth Rate
Designed Crew145
Ships in Class5

Design ArmamentBroadside Weight = 96.00 Imperial Pound ( 43.54 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck4 x British Demi-Culverin
Upper Gun Deck22 x British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 x British 4-Pounder

Design Dimensions and Ship Information
 OrderedShipyardLaunchedOut of serviceFateGundeck LengthLength of KeelBreadthDepth in holdBurthen
As Designed     105' 0"92' 0"27' 0"10' 0"356 7094
Experiment (32) 1689-1717
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
28.6.1689Chatham Dockyard - Chatham 17.12.16897.1717Razeed105' 0"92' 0"27' 6"10' 6"370 794
Pembroke (32) 1690-1694
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
28.6.1689Deptford - London 3.3.169023.2.1694Captured105' 6"90' 6"27' 2 ½"10' 2"356 3494
Milford (32) 1690-1693
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
28.6.1689Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich 18.3.1689/901.12.1693Captured105' 2"88' 5"27' 6"10' 0"355 6294
Portsmouth (32) 1690-1696
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Ship
28.6.1689Portsmouth - Hampshire 13.5.16901.10.1696Captured106' 3"89' 0"29' 6"10' 0"411 9294
Sheerness (32) 1691-1717
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
28.6.1689Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness 6.3.1690/918.1717Razeed105' 9"89' 3"27' 6"10' 0"359 194

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