Nominal Guns24B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardHarwich - Essex B028
Ship ClassMaidstone GroupB028
Designed by The Navy BoardBWAS-1603
ConstructorNicholas BarrettB028
CategorySixth RateB028
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck93' 1"Imperial Feet28.3549 
Length of Keel78' 6"Imperial Feet23.7935 
Breadth24' 9"Imperial Feet7.3724 
Depth in Hold10' 9"Imperial Feet3.2766 
Burthen255 7394Tons BM 


25.10.1695Broadside Weight = 61 Imperial Pound ( 27.664 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck20 British Saker
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.7.1693110Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers

4.10.1695 - 10.8.1697CaptainThomas Thatcher (d.1697) ADM 6/3/83BWAS-160318.10.1697 - 30.4.1699CaptainSamuel Martin (d.1705) ADM 6/5/20
Commission confirmed 21.5.1698
1.5.1699 - 12.11.1699CaptainHenry Searle (d.1699)† ADM 6/5/45BWAS-1603

3 Commissioned Officers

11.10.1695 - 6.10.1697LieutenantWilliam Dring (c.1673-?) ADM 6/3/85ADM 6/37.10.1697 - 9.5.1699LieutenantCharles Hardy (d.1748) ADM 6/5/21
Commission confirmed 24.5.1698
ADM 6/5
10.5.1699 - 12.11.1699LieutenantThomas Mann (d.1719) ADM 6/5/49ADM 6/5

Service History

1695Commissioned for the West IndiesBWAS-1603

Wrecked together with Southsea Castle on the Coast of Hispaniola .


Notes on Ship

Entry for Thursday, May 2nd 1700NRS009
"held a court-martial for inquiry into the loss, and trying of the officers of the South Sea Castle, and Bideford, lately cast away on the coast of Hispaniola. All acquitted but the lieutenant of the Bideford, who was fined six months' pay"


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