Trident Prize

Nominal Guns58B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Trident' (1688) (52)
First Commissioned8.1695B028
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1661
Designed by Laurent Coulomb (1622-1696)BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Sunk as Breakwater14.1.1700/1BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck129' 6"Imperial Feet39.3245 
Length of Keel107' 1 ½"Imperial Feet32.6263 
Breadth36' 7"Imperial Feet11.0024 
Depth in Hold13' 4"Imperial Feet3.9963 
Burthen762 5794Tons BM 


1695Broadside Weight = 294.5 Imperial Pound ( 133.5566 kg)B022
Lower Gun Deck22 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck24 British Saker
Quarterdeck10 British Saker
Roundhouse2 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

3 Commanding Officers

7.6.1695 - 1.3.1697/98Captain Richard Griffith (d.1719): on board from 2.7.1695 ADM 6/3/120BWAS-16032.3.1697/98 - 11.12.1698Lieutenant Robert BelbinADM/A12.12.1698 - 31.12.1699CaptainSir Francis Hosier (d.1727) ADM 6/5/36BWAS-1603

4 Commissioned Officers

7.6.1695 - 17.12.1696First Lieutenant George Lumley (c.1671-1710) ADM 6/3/101ADM 6/37.6.1695 - 7.7.1697Second Lieutenant John Huggins ADM 6/3/101ADM 6/318.12.1696 - 12.1.1699/1700First Lieutenant John Paul (c.1669-?) ADM 6/4/55ADM 6/4c.8.9.1697 - 27.8.1698Second Lieutenant Timothy RookADM 1/5259

6 Warrant Officers

25.2.1694/95 - 10.5.1696Carpenter Beverly LathamADM 1/52597.6.1695 - 28.2.1698/99Boatswain Moses BowlesADM/A1696 - 30.10.1696Master John ByronADM 1/52571699 - 25.2.1698/99Purser John JolleyADM/A14.1.1698/99 - 27.2.1700/1Gunner Richard BrayADM/A1.3.1698/99 - 1699Purser John WoodADM/A

Service History

8.1.1694/95Taken by Plymouth off Pantellaria
8.1695In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
10.1695Sailed to EnglandBWAS-1603
1697In the West IndiesBWAS-1603

Lieutenant Robert Belbin has been appointed Commander of the Trident following the removal of her Captain and his confinement in the BREDAH. Belbin is to be paid for his time in the Trident as her Captain.


Copy judgment of a Court Martial held on 10 May, 1698 on board the Humber at Spithead, Captain Henry Haughton, Commander in Chief of ships at Spithead and Portsmouth, President, and 26 named officers, to enquire into the death of Daniel Whittle of the Lincoln of which Lieutenant William Toms is accused by excessive beating in July, 1697 near Port Royal, Jamaica. As Daniel Whittle had died of a fever, Lieutenant Toms was acquitted.

Also enquiry was made into a complaint brought by Lieutenant Robert Belbin, in command of the Trident Prize, against Beverly Latham, carpenter of that ship, for being often absent without leave and disobedience, Beverly Latham was found guilty and dismissed his ship.

ADM 106
14.1.1700/1Sunk as a breakwater at HarwichBWAS-1603


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