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Kingfisher

140
Nominal Guns46B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1674B028
Launched1.1676BWAS-1603
First Commissioned11.4.1676B028
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich B065
Constructor
Phineus PettBritish
Naval Sailor
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1647-1673
B065
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the LineB028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild1698BWAS-1603
Becomes

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel110' 0"Imperial Feet33.528 
Breadth33' 8"Imperial Feet10.1261 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen663Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Gundeck136' 0"Imperial Feet41.4528 
Breadth34' 0"Imperial Feet10.3632 
Burthen664Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck136' 0"Imperial Feet41.4528 
Length of Keel110' 0"Imperial Feet33.528 
Breadth33' 8"Imperial Feet10.1261 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Aft13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen663 1794Tons BM 

Armament


1675Broadside Weight = 266 Imperial Pound ( 120.631 kg)B028
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 4-Pounder

1694Broadside Weight = 189 Imperial Pound ( 85.7115 kg)B065
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 3-Pounder

1696Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1676220 BWAS-1603

10 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
11.4.1676 - 2.5.1676Captain
John KirkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1667-1678
BWAS-1603
9.4.1677 - 1.9.1679Captain
David TrotterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1683
BWAS-1603
23.10.1679 - 24.5.1681Captain
Morgan KempthorneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1668-1681
BWAS-1603
23.5.1681 - 9.8.1681Lieutenant
Ralph WrennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1688
BWAS-1603
9.8.1681 - 28.3.1683Captain
Francis WhelerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1678-1694
ADM 1/5253/60
BWAS-1603
1685 - 1687Captain
Thomas HamiltonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1666-1695
B051
1689 - 30.3.1689Captain
Thomas AllanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689
BWAS-1603
4.6.1689 - 24.3.1689/90Captain
John EveryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1686-1695
Transfered
BWAS-1603
27.5.1690 - 14.3.1692/93Captain
John JohnsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1703
Transfered
BWAS-1603
15.3.1692/93 - 7.10.1698Captain
Jasper HicksBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1711
BWAS-1603

7 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
bef.21.5.1677 - aft.21.5.1677Lieutenant
John CroftsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1673-1690
ADM 8/1/84
ADM8
4.11.1679 - 23.5.1681Lieutenant
Ralph WrennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1688
W014
1691 - 23.1.1690/91First Lieutenant
Humphrey ParkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1709
ADM 1/5253
1695 - 27.1.1695/96Second Lieutenant
Edward TolesonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1692-1696
ADM 1/5256
1696 - 7.10.1698First Lieutenant
Gustavus LangBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1701
ADM 106/489/122
ADM 106
28.1.1695/96 - 9.4.1696Second Lieutenant
Charles ChristianBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1702
ADM 6/3/122
ADM 6/3
10.4.1696 - 7.10.1698Second Lieutenant
Thomas LangrishBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1704
ADM 6/3/144
ADM 6/3

5 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1691 - 2.3.1690/91Carpenter
Samuel WardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691
ADM 1/5253/135
ADM 1/5253
26.1.1694/95 - 1695Purser
Edward CrispBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1728
ADM 6/3
3.5.1695 - 1695Cook
Armold RoulsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 6/3/54
ADM 6/3
14.2.1695/96 - 1696Volunteer
Ismiah TurrillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696
ADM 6/3/129
ADM 6/3
13.5.1696 - 8.9.1696Chaplain
Alexander EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Clergyman
Service 1696
Transfered ADM 6/3/157
ADM 6/3

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
6.2.1687/88 - 23.3.1688/89Midshipman
Archibald HamiltonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1684-1724
ADM 107/1/7
ADM 107/1
9.1.1695/96 - 7.10.1698Volunteer-per-order
Benjamin RedstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1698
ADM 6/3/115
ADM 6/3
17.1.1695/96 - 7.10.1698Volunteer-per-order
Christopher HarrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1721
ADM 6/3/117
ADM 6/3

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1681Unknown
Rupert KempthorneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1678-1691
ref:649
5.5.1686 - 7.8.1686Able Seaman
Charles MoodyBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1675-1695
ADM 107/1/17
ADM 107/1
24.3.1686/87 - 6.2.1687/88Volunteer
Archibald HamiltonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1684-1724
ADM 107/1/7
ADM 107/1

Service History


DateEventSource
1677Commissioned for Home WatersBWAS-1603
1678In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
22.5.1681In action against seven Algerines off SardiniaBWAS-1603
1685Refitted and had a forecastle addedBWAS-1603
6.1685In company with
Falcon 1666-1694
British 5th Rate Ship
took the Scottish
Effenying Castle 1685-1685
Scottish Privateer Ship
BWAS-1603
1686Sailed to New EnglandBWAS-1603
1690Fishery guard ship off the ForelandBWAS-1603
1695Off IrelandBWAS-1603
1696Sailed to the East IndiesBWAS-1603
4.3.1695/96

Report from Captain Jaspar Hickes, Lieutenant Gustavus Long, Charles Christian, Basto.Neilder, master, John Riddle, gunner, Francis Jackson, coxswain and Thomas Calvart, boatswain, on the Kingfisher's longboat being broken in two when being hoisted in while at anchor off Fairleigh.

ADM 106
1697Returned homeBWAS-1603
1698Paid off and then started rebuilding at WoolwichBWAS-1603


Notes on Ship


Unique design featuresBWAS-1603
This vessel was designed to masquerade as a merchantman in the Mediterranean. She had false bulkheads on her upper deck together with various other means of disguising her appearance. She was completed without a forecastle, the latter being added in 1685

 

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