Nominal Guns36B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth B028
ConstructorSir Anthony Deane (1633-1721)BWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
BecomesFrench Fourth Rate frégate-vaisseau de 1er ordre 'Le Sans Pareil' (1695) (42)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel88' 3"Imperial Feet26.8319 
Breadth27' 8"Imperial Feet8.2586 
Depth in Hold10' 10"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft12' 8"Imperial Feet3.7592 
Burthen359 2994Tons BM 


1685Broadside Weight = 140 Imperial Pound ( 63.4904 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck20 British Demi-Culverin
Upper Gun Deck16 British Saker
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1669180 BWAS-1603

18 Ship Commanders

22.12.1668 - 9.4.1669Captain Laurens van HeemskirkBWAS-16039.4.1669 - 11.1.1669/70Captain John HolmesB05113.1.1669/70 - 10.7.1671Captain John Berry (1635-1690/91)B0513.2.1671/72 - 30.1.1671/72Captain Thomas Legat (d.1672)B0518.2.1672/73 - 5.10.1674Captain Lawrence WrightBWAS-160331.5.1673 - 3.2.1672/73Captain Edward FitzgeraldBWAS-160325.4.1677 - 10.7.1680Captain George Rooke (1650-1708/9)ODNB14.7.1680 - 11.9.1680Captain Cloudisley Shovell (1650-1707)B05112.9.1680 - 9.8.1681Captain Francis Wheler (d.1693/94)TRN29.8.1681 - 9.11.1681Captain Ralph Wrenn (d.1692)TRN222.4.1687 - 15.9.1687Captain John TyrwhittB0519.9.1688 - 24.3.1688/89Captain James MontgomeryBWAS-160325.3.1689 - 12.5.1689Captain Thomas Room Coyle (d.1689)B05112.5.1689 - 27.6.1689Lieutenant Robert Sincock (d.1702)BWAS-160327.6.1689 - bef.17.1.1692Captain Robert Sincock (d.1702) ADM 6/3/49BWAS-1603bef.18.1.1691/92 - 13.4.1693Captain Richard Short DismissedBWAS-160328.2.1692/93 - 24.11.1693Captain Thomas DobbinBWAS-160325.11.1693 - 4.1.1694/95Captain Thomas Taylor (d.1694/95)BWAS-1603

2 Commissioned Officers

bef.21.5.1677 - aft.21.5.1677Lieutenant Daniel Jones (d.1693/94) ADM 8/1/84ADM81695 - 4.1.1694/95Lieutenant Abraham HowardADM 1/5255

10 Warrant Officers

15.6.1679 - 11.9.1681Master John Benbow (1652/53-1702)1680 - 9.6.1680Boatswain Francis Blake DismissedADM 1/525328.6.1689 - 4.1.1694/95Gunner Thomas Dobbins ADM 6/1760/325ADM/Ac.28.6.1689 - 4.1.1694/95Boatswain George IrelandADM/A10.10.1689 - 4.1.1694/95Cook Walter Witcher ADM 6/1763/134ADM/A27.1.1690/91 - 3.5.1691Purser Mathew CaryADM/A27.1.1690/91 - 4.1.1694/95Carpenter Joseph PittockADM 1/52554.5.1691 - 4.1.1694/95Purser Charles Bowles ADM 6/1774/388ADM/A1695 - 4.1.1694/95Gunner William DistanceADM 1/52551695 - 4.1.1694/95Master Richard ClementsADM 1/5255

2 Crewmen

1.2.1687/88 - 4.2.1688/89Ordinary Seaman Thomas Hugbon (c.1673-?) ADM 107/1/71ADM 107/12.9.1688 - 20.2.1689/90Captain's Servant Hewett Holloway (c.1671-?) ADM 107/1/16ADM 107/1

Service History

12.1668Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2692.10.0dBWAS-1603
1669Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1669Refitted as a Fourth RateBWAS-1603
7.9.1669Present at the destruction of the Algerine Gilt Lime TreeBWAS-1603
1672At TangierBWAS-1603
11.8.1673Battle of Texel
9.4.1681Took the Ship Golden Horse (46)
12.5.1689Took the Frégate-Vaisseau de 2ème Ordre (Demi-Batterie) Les Jeux (36) FWIKI
12.5.1689Took the Frégate Légère La Railleuse (20) FWIKI
20.2.1690/91Refitted as a Fifth RateADM/A

Mathew Cary, the Nonsuch, Boston . Sir William Phipps, the Governor, has suspended Captain Short and appointed Thomas Dobbins in his place. Captain Short was given to drunkenness, and careless in his duty. He wasted stores, and punished Officers and men without reason, causing some men to desert. He has neglected to return the monthly muster books. PS Asks for orders to the Commissioners for Victualling to supply him with a quantity of iron hoops.

ADM 106
1695At Boston, MABWAS-1603
4.1.1694/95Taken by Le Français (50) near theBWAS-1603

Notes on Ship

Built, and originally commissioned, as a 36-Gun Fiifth Rate


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Monday 5th of May 2014 20:13

May 16, 1689
Plymouth Captain Roomcoyle , May 13, in their Majesty's ship Nonsuch, a small 4th rate of 36 guns,meeting off of Guernsey with two French men of war, one of 30 guns and 120 men, the other of 16 guns and 6 Pattereroes, and likewise 120 men, who were bound with about 20 small merchant ships under their convoy for Newfoundland, he engaged them, but soon after the fight began, the Captain was killed with the master and cook, and the carpenter wounded; upon which, the Boatswain Robert Sincocke took upon him the command of the ship, and continued the fight with that bravery that after a sharp engagement of about three hours, he took both the said French men of war, and has brought them into this port.

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