Nominal Guns28B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1603
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
ConstructorJonas Shish (d.1674/75)BWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeFireship B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck93' 6"Imperial Feet28.3972 
Length of Keel84' 7"Imperial Feet25.6477 
Breadth24' 10"Imperial Feet7.3152 
Depth in Hold9' 11"Imperial Feet2.7686 
Burthen277 4394Tons BM 


29.4.1690Broadside Weight = 86 Imperial Pound ( 39.001 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck4 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 4-Pounder

1707Broadside Weight = 10.5 Imperial Pound ( 4.7618 kg)BWAS-1603
Upper Gun Deck6 British Minions
Upper Gun Deck2 British Falconet

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.12.1689115Design Complement
29.4.169045As a fireshipBWAS-1603

14 Commanding Officers

29.4.1690 - 18.1.1690/91CaptainThomas Kercher (d.1694): on board from 7.5.1690BWAS-160319.1.1690/91 - 2.10.1691CaptainGerard EllwesBWAS-16032.10.1691 - 6.12.1692CaptainThomas Rooke (d.1701)BWAS-16036.12.1692 - 21.7.1693CaptainJames Braithwaite (d.1693)BWAS-160321.7.1693 - 12.9.1696CaptainJohn Herne (d.1705)BWAS-160325.9.1696 - 10.8.1697CaptainJohn Cranby (d.1702) ADM 6/4/30BWAS-160311.8.1697 - 25.5.1699CaptainHenry Crofts (d.1702) ADM 6/4/125
Commission confirmed 18.11.1697
6.3.1700/1 - 13.1.1701/2Captain and MasterJames Jesson (d.1708) ADM 6/6/69BWAS-160319.1.1701/2 - 18.1.1702/3CommanderSir Charles Rich (3rd Baronet Rich, of London) (1680-1706) ADM 6/6/134BWAS-160319.1.1702/3 - 14.8.1704CommanderThomas Legge (d.1711/12) ADM 6/7/76BWAS-160328.12.1704 - 27.1.1706/7CommanderRobert Bowler (d.1734) ADM 6/8/114BWAS-160329.1.1706/7 - 18.8.1707CommanderJames Stewart (c.1678-1757) ADM 6/9/65
Commission confirmed 2.5.1707
19.8.1707 - 20.8.1709CommanderFrancis Drake (c.1669-1726) ADM 6/9/88BWAS-160321.8.1709 - 20.9.1710CaptainFrancis Drake (c.1669-1726) ADM 6/11/88
Commission confirmed 18.12.1710

13 Commissioned Officers

19.4.1701 - 22.6.1701LieutenantJohn Napier ADM 6/6/89ADM 6/623.6.1701 - 26.10.1701LieutenantNicholas Saule (d.1707) ADM 6/6/105ADM 6/619.1.1701/2 - 21.1.1701/2LieutenantJohn Boss (c.1671-1703) ADM 6/7/11ADM 6/722.1.1701/2 - 28.1.1701/2LieutenantEdward Smith (d.1736) ADM 6/6/138ADM 6/622.8.1704 - 31.12.1704LieutenantRichard Alford ADM 6/8/100
Commission confirmed 10.10.1704
ADM 6/8
9.2.1704/5 - 7.1.1705/6LieutenantThomas Chapman ADM 6/8/149ADM 6/88.1.1705/6 - 11.3.1705/6LieutenantRobert Stewart ADM 6/8/217ADM 6/812.3.1705/6 - 7.6.1706LieutenantNicholas Eaton (d.c.1729) ADM 6/8/240ADM 6/1424.11.1706 - 28.1.1706/7LieutenantFoot Pike ADM 6/9/115
Commission confirmed 30.12.1707
ADM 6/9
29.1.1706/7 - 14.3.1707/8LieutenantWilliam Davies (d.1759) ADM 6/9/68
Commission confirmed 5.5.1707
ADM 6/9
7.3.1707/8 - 16.1.1708/9LieutenantButler Mordaunt (d.1721) ADM 6/9/159
Commission confirmed 27.4.1708
ADM 6/9
17.1.1708/9 - 15.7.1709LieutenantSamuel Atkins (d.1765) ADM 6/11/12
Issued by Sir George Byng (1663/64-1732/33), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 7.12.1709
ADM 6/11
15.7.1709 - 20.9.1710LieutenantSamuel Vaughan ADM 6/11/88
Commission confirmed 19.12.1710
ADM 6/11

Service History

30.6.1690Battle of Beachy Head
19.5.1692Battle of Barfleur
1697Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1603
25.5.1699Paid offADM 51
1701Commissioned for the Dunkirk squadronBWAS-1603
12.10.1702Battle of Vigo
8.1704In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
13.8.1704Battle of Malaga
1707Sailed homeBWAS-1603
1707Refitted as a 8 gunner
1708Re-rated as a sloopBWAS-1603
1708Refitted as a 28 gun Sloop
10.1708Sailed to LisbonBWAS-1603
1709Re-classed as a fireshipBWAS-1603
1709Refitted as a 8 gun Fireship
14.1.1708/9Ordered reclassed as a 24-gun Sixth RateBWAS-1603
14.1.1708/9Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth Rate Sloop
1710Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
20.9.1710Taken by the privateer off CadizBWAS-1603


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