Nominal Guns52BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fourth Rate ship 'Bonaventure' (1663) (48)
First Commissioned1683BWAS-1603
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1603
ConstructorIsaac BettsBWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603
Broken Up to Rebuild1699BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Bonaventure' (1699) (48)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel102' 6"Imperial Feet31.1658 
Breadth32' 2"Imperial Feet9.779 
Depth in Hold12' 4"Imperial Feet3.7084 
Burthen564 1294Tons BM 


1688Broadside Weight = 234.25 Imperial Pound ( 106.2324 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Gun Deck22 British 8-Pounder
Gun Deck2 British Saker Drake
Gun Deck6 British 3-Pounder

1696Broadside Weight = 171 Imperial Pound ( 77.5485 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck18 British 12-Pounder
Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck2 British Minions

10 Commanding Officers

14.5.1683 - 1685CaptainHenry Priestman (1647-1712)BWAS-16031685 - 4.11.1686CaptainStafford Fairborne (d.1716)BWAS-160318.5.1688 - 27.10.1689CaptainThomas Hopson (1643-1717)ODNB26.10.1689 - 12.11.1689CaptainJohn Benbow (1652/53-1702)ODNB18.6.1690 - 22.4.1695CaptainJohn Hubbard (d.1723)BWAS-16034.4.1695 - 19.9.1695CaptainJohn Redman (d.1727/28) ADM 6/3/44ADM 6/319.2.1695/96 - 24.10.1696CaptainWilliam Allen (d.1696)† ADM 6/3/130BWAS-160328.10.1696 - 24.1.1696/97CaptainVincent Cutter (d.1710) ADM 6/4/41BWAS-160325.1.1696/97 - 24.2.1696/97CaptainJames Littleton (1668-1722/23) ADM 6/4/64ADM 6/425.2.1696/97 - 25.4.1699CaptainVincent Cutter (d.1710) ADM 6/4/76ADM 6/4

16 Commissioned Officers

1689 - 9.1690LieutenantRobert Fairfax (1666-1725)LRFS15.1.1690/91 - 2.3.1694/95First LieutenantCharles Locke (d.1694/95)ref:55418.3.1691/92 - 11.8.1693LieutenantWilliam Cunninghamref:55428.11.1694 - 31.3.1695Second LieutenantHenry Franklinref:55419.3.1694/95 - 25.6.1695Second LieutenantSudbury Duncomb (c.1661-?) ADM 6/3/41ADM 6/31.4.1695 - 17.11.1695First LieutenantHenry Franklin ADM 6/3/44ADM 6/326.6.1695 - 21.8.1695Second LieutenantWilliam Smith (c.1674-1756) ADM 6/3/64ADM 6/321.8.1695 - 6.3.1695/96First LieutenantWilliam Smith (c.1674-1756) ADM 6/3/72ADM 6/321.8.1695 - 9.10.1696Second LieutenantGeorge Hay: on board from 1.10.1695 ADM 6/3/72ADM 6/37.3.1695/96 - 5.11.1696First LieutenantRobert Watkins (d.1732) ADM 6/3/136ADM 6/36.11.1696 - 28.3.1698First LieutenantWilliam Smith (c.1674-1756) ADM 6/4/43ADM 6/46.11.1696 - 28.3.1698Second LieutenantThomas Watton: on board from 8.11.1696 ADM 6/4/44ADM 6/422.12.1696 - 8.4.1697First LieutenantThomas Grimston (d.1724) ADM 6/4/56ADM 6/49.1.1696/97 - 21.8.1697Second LieutenantEdmund Hicks (d.1708) ADM 6/4/60ADM 6/49.4.1697 - 22.8.1697First LieutenantJohn Kidwell ADM 6/4/88ADM 6/422.8.1697 - 26.4.1699First LieutenantEdmund Hicks (d.1708) ADM 6/5/33
Commission confirmed 10.11.1698
ADM 6/5

1 Warrant Officer

1694 - 2.1.1694/95ChaplainJames Young ADM 6/3/25ADM 6/3

1 Crewman

2.11.1688 - 22.9.1689Captain's ServantJohn Ackworth (c.1668-?) ADM 107/1/46ADM 107/1

Service History

1683Present at the evacuation of TangierBWAS-1603

Commissioner Sir Richard Beach, Portsmouth. ... Today they hope to launch the Bonadventure.

ADM 106
12.6.1685Boat action at MamoraBWAS-1603
1689Londonderry operationsBWAS-1603
30.6.1690Battle of Beachy Head
28.10.1690At PlymouthLRFS
19.5.1692Battle of Barfleur
1696Present at the recapture of Fort York in Hudsons BayBWAS-1603
1696Refitted as a 40 gunner
24.10.1696Action against Vaillant (50) in the Channel approachesBWAS-1603
24.10.1696Bonaventure vs Vaillant
1697Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1603


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