Nominal Guns48B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Privateer ship of the line 'Mordaunt' (1681) (46)
ShipyardDeptford - London
Designed by William Castle (c.1590-?)
Constructor William Castle (1629-1681)BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel101' 9"Imperial Feet31.0134 
Breadth32' 4 ½"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen567Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB032
Length of Keel110' 0"Imperial Feet33.528 
Breadth31' 3"Imperial Feet9.525 
Depth in Hold15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Draught Aft12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen663Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck122' 6"Imperial Feet37.1925 
Length of Keel101' 9"Imperial Feet31.0134 
Breadth32' 4 ½"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen567 2694Tons BM 


1682Broadside Weight = 214 Imperial Pound ( 97.0492 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck18 British 8-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British Saker

1694Broadside Weight = 207.5 Imperial Pound ( 94.1015 kg)B065
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British Saker

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1689200Establishment for war at homeB032
1689230Establishment for war abroadB032
1689150Establishment for peaceB032

5 Commanding Officers

20.5.1684 - 31.8.1685Captain Henry Killigrew (1652-1712)BWAS-16036.3.1686/87 - 3.9.1688Captain John Ashby (d.1693)B0514.9.1688 - 4.1690Captain John TyrrellB0941.1692 - 25.3.1692Captain Henry BotelerTRN226.3.1692 - 21.11.1693Captain Francis Maynard (d.1693)TRN2

1 Commissioned Officer

5.1688 - 9.1688Lieutenant George Byng (1663/64-1732/33)ADM 6/18

3 Petty Officers

1.6.1685 - 9.8.1686Midshipman Bowden Nightingale (c.1659-?) ADM 107/1/18ADM 107/125.2.1689/90 - 30.9.1690Gunner's Mate Richard Haydon (c.1657-?) ADM 107/1/53ADM 107/16.11.1690 - 25.8.1691Midshipman Robert Hobbs ADM 107/1/23ADM 107/1

1 Crewman

18.2.1691/92 - 10.4.1692Ordinary Seaman Benjamin Devonshire (c.1668-?) ADM 107/1/85ADM 107/1

Service History

1684Off the West coast of AfricaBWAS-1603
1685Returned homeBWAS-1603
18.8.1685"to the Treasurer of the Navy to pay off the Montague's men, the Mordaunt, Dunbarton and Sophia prize" the sum of £5,000BWAS-1603
4.10.1689Action of 4th October 1689
4.1690Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1603
16.1.1691/92Arrived at Barbadoes as part of Commodore Ralph Wrenn (d.1692) squadron consisting of the Norwich (54) and the Diamond (42) BWAS-1603
30.1.1691/92The squadron put to sea in search of a French squadron reported off BarbadosTRN2
5.2.1691/92Returned to Carlisle BayTRN2
17.2.1691/92The squadron sailed for JamaicaTRN2
22.2.1691/92Action of 1692-02-22
10.6.1692"I have ordered the Mary and Assistance and St. Paul to convoy our merchant fleet to Europe. The Mordaunt will go to Jamaica and the Norwich to the Leeward Islands, the latter convoying the Duke of Bolton's regiment"B093
28.6.1692It was ordered that "the ship's company of H.M.S. Swan to be turned over to H.M.S. Mordaunt and H.M.S. Guernsey"B093
4.1693At Jamaica, chasing French privateers, but without success "she being too large to follow these small vessels near the shore"B093
4.1693Returned to Jamaica from Porto Bello with 100,000 pieces-of-eight for the AssientoB093
5.5.1693The Minutes of Council of Jamaica contain an "Order for careening of H.M.S. Mordaunt."B093
24.5.1693A letter from Lieutenant-Governor Sir William Beeston to Lords of Trade and Plantations contains "Captain Maynard has now orders for the Mordaunt to sail for England, but I have the King's command to keep him here. This will show you how the orders differ; but the Island being in want of assistance, having neither fortifications, men nor money (of which Sir F. Wheler knew nothing when he gave the order), the Council and Assembly desired me to keep the Mordaunt and to represent their condition to you"B093
7.1693Sent with "two sloops raised by the Island ... to the coast of Hispaniola to do all the mischief they can to the French" (possibly in late June)B093
9.10.1693"The Mordaunt and our two hired sloops have returned, after little success beyond the taking of two or three sloops and plundering some small places ashore"B093
21.11.1693Lost with all hands off Cuba while escorting a homeward-bound convoyBWAS-1603

Notes on Ship

First BuiltB028
Built as a private venture in 1681


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