Sapphire

426
Nominal Guns34BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
Launched1651B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardRatcliffe - London B028
ConstructorPeter Pett (1610-1672)B028
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Scuttled31.3.1670BWAS-1603

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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
1653140EstablishmentBWAS-1793
1666160EstablishmentB022

12 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1651 - 12.1652CaptainRobert Moulton (d.1652)BWAS-16031652 - 3.1652/53CaptainWilliam HillBWAS-160310.1653 - 1655CaptainNicholas HeatonBWAS-16031655 - 1660CaptainRobert ClayBWAS-160323.11.1661 - 23.5.1663CaptainSamuel Titsell (d.1664)B05129.10.1664 - 11.6.1665CaptainHenry Hide (d.1665)BWAS-160311.6.1665 - 6.12.1665CaptainThomas ElliottB0514.11.1665 - 1665CaptainJohn ElliottBG7.12.1665 - 26.1.1666/67CaptainJasper GrantB0511666CaptainGerard WhiteB05128.1.1666/67 - 7.12.1668CaptainSir William JennensBWAS-160330.10.1669 - 31.3.1670CaptainJohn Pearce (d.1670)BWAS-1603

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1661 - 1662LieutenantRoger Strickland (1640-1717)B0511662 - 1664LieutenantSimon SaddB051c.1667LieutenantHenry Killigrew (1652-1712)ref:10591669 - 31.3.1671LieutenantAndrew Logan (d.1670)B051

Service History


DateEventSource
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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