Nominal Guns8BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fifth Rate fireship 'Griffin' (1690) (28)
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey B028
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
Constructor William Castle (1629-1681)BWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeFireship BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck94' 7"Imperial Feet28.6957 
Length of Keel78' 9 ½"Imperial Feet23.7871 
Breadth25' 1 ½"Imperial Feet7.6327 
Depth in Hold9' 6"Imperial Feet2.8956 
Burthen263 6394Tons BM 


1702Broadside Weight = 24 Imperial Pound ( 10.884 kg)BWAS-1603
Upper Gun Deck8 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
170245As a fireshipBWAS-1603

20 Ship Commanders

9.3.1701/2 - 13.10.1702Captain and Master William Scalley (d.1703) Transfered ADM 6/7/19BWAS-160314.10.1702 - 26.11.1702Commander George Ramsay (d.1717) ADM 6/7/62
Confirmed 11.11.1702
11.1.1702/3 - 17.3.1706/7Commander George Ramsay (d.1717) ADM 6/7/76ADM 6/718.3.1706/7 - 3.2.1707/8Commander William Houlding (c.1672-1731) ADM 6/9/103ADM 6/94.2.1707/8 - 17.10.1708Commander William Houlding (c.1672-1731) Transfered ADM 6/9/133ADM 6/915.12.1708 - 14.5.1712Commander John Stephens (c.1664-1731) ADM 6/10/13ADM 6/1026.2.1716/17 - 16.4.1718Commander Francis Knighton (d.1727) ADM 6/12/92BWAS-160317.4.1718 - 3.8.1719Captain Humphrey Orme (d.1751)BWAS-16034.8.1719 - 26.11.1721Captain William Lloyd (d.1723) Transfered ADM 6/12/177ADM 6/127.12.1721 - 9.2.1721/22Commander Nathaniel Taylor ADM 6/13/25ADM 6/131.2.1725/26 - 28.5.1727CommanderThe Hon. James Cornwallis (1701-1727)† ADM 6/13/99BWAS-160320.5.1727 - 18.6.1727Commander Peter Warren (1703-1752) ADM 6/13/153ADM 6/1319.6.1727 - 12.1.1727/28Commander John Smith (d.1729) ADM 6/13/174
Confirmed 22.8.1727
ADM 6/13
4.4.1729 - 6.12.1731Commander Edward Bennett (d.bef.1732) ADM 6/14/21BWAS-160328.6.1732 - 8.8.1732Commander John Towry (d.1757) ADM 6/14/116BWAS-160326.2.1733/34 - 29.12.1734Commander William Weighman (c.1666-?) ADM 6/14/169BWAS-160330.12.1734 - 18.4.1735Commander Thomas Fox (d.1763) Transfered ADM 6/14/201BWAS-171418.4.1735 - 25.5.1736Commander Samuel Faulknor (d.1744) ADM 6/15/208BWAS-160326.5.1736 - 3.10.1736Commander William Chambers (d.1753) ADM 6/15/54
Confirmed 30.3.1737
ADM 6/15
5.10.1736 - 7.5.1737Commander Griffith Dearing (c.1696-c.1739) ADM 6/15/62
Confirmed 9.5.1737
ADM 6/15

18 Commissioned Officers

10.3.1701/2 - 13.1.1702/3Lieutenant John Bray (c.1672-1750) ADM 6/7/17ADM 6/714.1.1702/3 - 12.3.1702/3Lieutenant John Bray (c.1672-1750) Transfered ADM 6/7/77ADM 6/713.3.1702/3 - 26.11.1703Lieutenant Luke Richardson (c.1678-1739) Transfered ADM 6/7/106ADM 6/725.3.1704 - 19.3.1704/5Lieutenant Thomas Waterhouse (d.1743) ADM 6/8/65ADM 6/820.3.1704/5 - 1.4.1705Lieutenant John Stoaks Transfered ADM 6/8/163ADM 6/84.2.1707/8 - 14.12.1708Lieutenant James Rycault (d.1758) ADM 6/9/135ADM 6/915.12.1708 - 23.6.1709Lieutenant Edward Bennett (d.bef.1732) Transfered ADM 6/10/13ADM 6/1024.6.1709 - 28.6.1711Lieutenant Thomas Johnson (d.c.1736) ADM 6/10/72ADM 6/1029.6.1711 - 14.5.1712Lieutenant William Bowyer ADM 6/11/241
Confirmed 22.1.1712/13
ADM 6/11
26.2.1716/17 - 22.5.1717Lieutenant Henry Curle ADM 6/12/92ADM 6/1215.8.1717 - 16.3.1717/18Lieutenant Arthur Trevor (d.1744) ADM 6/12/104
Confirmed 15.10.1717
ADM 6/12
17.3.1717/18 - 27.8.1718Lieutenant William Wilson ADM 6/12/120ADM 6/1228.8.1718 - 10.3.1718/19Lieutenant John Gregory (d.c.1728) Transfered ADM 6/12/220
Confirmed 28.11.1720
ADM 6/12
4.8.1719 - 9.4.1721Lieutenant John Best (d.1751) Transfered ADM 6/12/177ADM 6/124.12.1721 - 9.2.1721/22Lieutenant George Beech (c.1673-1749) ADM 6/13/23ADM 6/134.2.1725/26 - 10.4.1729Lieutenant George Beech (c.1673-1749) ADM 6/14/102ADM 6/1311.4.1729 - 3.2.1730/31Lieutenant James Cusack (d.1743) Transfered ADM 6/14/22ADM 6/1429.6.1732 - 21.8.1732Lieutenant Charles Smith Transfered ADM 6/14/117ADM 6/14

1 Petty Officer

12.1.1720/21 - 4.4.1721Midshipman Ordinary Thomas Dias Transfered ADM 107/3/187ADM 107/3

1 Crewman

17.8.1729 - 15.3.1729/30Able Seaman Richard Lee (c.1712-c.1743) Transfered ADM 107/3/320ADM 107/3

Service History

12.10.1702Battle of Vigo

Paid off

ADM 33
13.8.1704Battle of Malaga
1706In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1707In the Mediterranean and then the DownsBWAS-1603
1709Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603

Paid off

ADM 33
5.1713Began middling repair at Deptford - London BWAS-1603
7.1713Completed middling repair at Deptford - London at a cost of £1552.0.2dBWAS-1603
1717With the Baltic fleetBWAS-1603
26.9.1717Paid offADM 33
1718Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
11.8.1718Battle of Cape Passaro
4.1719Began refitting at Deptford - London BWAS-1603
8.1719Completed refitting at Deptford - London at a cost of £1446.11.9dBWAS-1603
17.12.1719Paid offADM 33
9.2.1721/22Paid offADM 33
1723In the BalticBWAS-1603
6.1725Began refitting at Deptford - London BWAS-1603
10.1725Completed refitting at Deptford - London at a cost of £1336.9.0dBWAS-1603
1726In the BalticBWAS-1603
1727In the BalticBWAS-1603

Paid off

1734Recommissioned for Norris's fleetBWAS-1603
1735In the TagusBWAS-1603

Paid off

21.7.1737Sold at Deptford for £113BWAS-1603


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