Nominal Guns34BWAS-1603
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardRatcliffe - London B028
Constructor Peter Pett (1610-1672)B028
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Breadth28' 10"Imperial Feet8.5344 
Depth in Hold11' 9"Imperial Feet3.5814 
Burthen442Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Breadth28' 10"Imperial Feet8.5344 
Depth in Hold14' 5"Imperial Feet4.299 
Burthen442 2094Tons BM 


1666Broadside Weight = 209.5 Imperial Pound ( 95.0086 kg)B022
Lower Gun Deck12 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck14 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck14 British Saker

1666Broadside Weight = 181.5 Imperial Pound ( 82.3107 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck6 British Culverin
Gun Deck16 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck18 British Saker
Gun Deck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.1652140 B117

12 Ship Commanders

1651 - 12.1652Captain Robert Moulton (d.1652)BWAS-16031652 - 3.1652/53Captain William HillBWAS-160310.1653 - 1655Captain Nicholas HeatonBWAS-16031655 - 1660Captain Robert ClayBWAS-160323.11.1661 - 23.5.1663Captain Samuel Titsell (d.1664)B05129.10.1664 - 11.6.1665Captain Henry Hide (d.1665)BWAS-160311.6.1665 - 6.12.1665Captain Thomas ElliottB0514.11.1665 - 1665Captain John ElliottBG7.12.1665 - 26.1.1666/67Captain Jasper GrantB0511666Captain Gerard WhiteB05128.1.1666/67 - 7.12.1668CaptainSir William JennensBWAS-160330.10.1669 - 31.3.1670Captain John Pearce (d.1670)BWAS-1603

4 Commissioned Officers

1661 - 1662Lieutenant Roger Strickland (1640-1717)B0511662 - 1664Lieutenant Simon SaddB051c.1667Lieutenant Henry Killigrew (1652-1712)ref:10591669 - 31.3.1671Lieutenant Andrew Logan (d.1670)B051

Service History

1651Completed at Unknown at a cost of £2873.0.0dBWAS-1603
19.5.1652Battle of Dover
30.11.1652Battle of Dungeness
1653Refitted as a 38 gunner
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
20.4.1657Battle of Santa Cruz
2.1665Engaged in an action with two Dutch men of warB051
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
3.8.1665Battle of Vågen
4.11.1665Entered Chatham with three Busses as prizeBG
1666Refitted as a 44 gunner
1670Refitted as a 36 gunner

Notes on Ship

Letter data 25th February 1665B051
"The Sapphire met with two Holland men of war with whom he fought near half the day, one of them being of forty-two guns, the other of thirty-six, both well-manned; and had not foul weather come on, which made his lower tier useless, he had doubtless given a good account of one or both"

Cost of building and rigging was £4,229.4.2d


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Posted by Brian on Tuesday 10th of June 2014 21:49

Publication date:15 September 1670
London, September 17
Yesterday was held a Court-Marshal on board his Majesty's yacht called the Be?an in the River of Thames near Tower wharf for the tryal of Captain John Pierce, Commander of his Majesty's late ship Saphire, unfortunately lost the 31st of March last upon the coast of Sicily, and of his Lieutenant Andrew Logan; where upon diligent examinations and inquisitions, it was clearly and fully evidenced by the testimony of 12 credible witnesses upon oath, that the said ship was basely and shamefully lost through the default and cowardice of the said Captain and Lieutenant, who upon the approach of 4 sail, supposed to be Turks men of war, being possessed with a panic fear, ordered the ship to run from them, refusing to let go the anchor, till the ship was struck, contrary to the sense, not only of the Master and Purser who persuaded them to fight, the ship being in a fit posture, but of the whole company, who declared their readiness and desire of it by their cheerful acclamation; upon these and other evidences, the said Captain and Lieutenant were, by a general and unanimous consent adjudged and sentenced to be shot to death on Monday the 26th inst. on board any of his Majesty's ships or vessels of war, according as the President of that Court, Sir. Jeremiah Smith should direct.

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