Firebrand

4256
Nominal Guns28BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered16.11.1693BWAS-1603
Acquired31.3.1694B028
ShipyardLimehouse - London B028
Ship Class1693 Program FireshipsB028
ConstructorJohn HaydonB028
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeFireship B028
Wrecked22.10.1707B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck92' 3"Imperial Feet28.0797 
Length of Keel78' 0"Imperial Feet23.7744 
Breadth25' 5"Imperial Feet7.6454 
Depth in Hold9' 7"Imperial Feet2.921 
Burthen268 294Tons BM 

Armament


1701Broadside Weight = 11 Imperial Pound ( 4.9885 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck6 British Minions
Gun Deck2 British Falcon

1703Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck4 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1703115As a Fifth RateBWAS-1603
170345As a FireshipBWAS-1603

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.1694 - 18.10.1694CommanderWilliam Carter (d.1703)BWAS-160319.10.1694 - 13.12.1695CaptainJohn Soule (d.1705)BWAS-160314.12.1695 - 1698CaptainJosiah Hickman (d.1701)BWAS-16036.3.1700/1 - 18.11.1701Captain and MasterJohn Balchen (1669/70-1744) ADM 6/6/69BWAS-16036.4.1702 - 18.3.1704/5CaptainHenry Turville (d.1719) ADM 6/7/24BWAS-160320.3.1704/5 - 7.1.1705/6Captain and MasterSampson Bourne (d.1719) ADM 6/8/164BWAS-16038.1.1705/6 - 22.10.1707CommanderFrancis Percy (d.1740/41) ADM 6/8/217BWAS-1603

8 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
8.3.1700/1 - 18.11.1701LieutenantNathaniel Douse ADM 6/6/70ADM 6/630.1.1701/2 - 24.3.1702/3LieutenantJohn Dobney (d.1741) ADM 6/7/3ADM 6/711.3.1702/3 - 24.8.1703LieutenantJohn Harris ADM 6/7/101ADM 6/725.8.1703 - 5.1.1703/4LieutenantJames Rooke ADM 6/8/23ADM 6/86.1.1703/4 - 24.1.1704/5LieutenantThomas Knowler ADM 6/8/102
Commission confirmed 19.10.1704
ADM 6/8
14.2.1704/5 - 25.1.1707/8LieutenantRobert Cremer ADM 6/8/151ADM 6/819.4.1706 - 15.8.1706LieutenantThomas Harvey ADM 6/8/251ADM 6/816.8.1706 - 16.3.1706/7LieutenantStephen Forster ADM 6/9/133ADM 6/9

Service History


DateEventSource
1695Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1603
1700In Irish watersBWAS-1603
13.8.1704Battle of Malaga
1706Off OstendBWAS-1603
22.10.1707Wrecked on the rocks off the Scillies, there were 24 survivorsBWAS-1603


Notes on Ship


Link to page on her wreck
http://www.cismas.org.uk/firebrand-shipwreck-recording-project.php
Armament as a fireshipBWAS-1603
Was reduced to 8 x 6-pounders

 

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