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 Commanding Officers

22.12.1668 - 9.4.1669CaptainLaurens van HeemskirkBWAS-16039.4.1669 - 11.1.1669/70CaptainJohn HolmesB05113.1.1669/70 - 10.7.1671CaptainJohn Berry (1635-1690/91)B0513.2.1671/72 - 30.1.1671/72CaptainThomas Legat (d.1672)B0518.2.1672/73 - 5.10.1674CaptainLawrence WrightBWAS-160331.5.1673 - 3.2.1672/73CaptainEdward FitzgeraldBWAS-160325.4.1677 - 10.7.1680CaptainGeorge Rooke (1650-1708/9)ODNB14.7.1680 - 11.9.1680CaptainCloudisley Shovell (1650-1707)B05112.9.1680 - 9.8.1681CaptainFrancis Wheler (d.1693/94)TRN29.8.1681 - 9.11.1681CaptainRalph Wrenn (d.1692)TRN222.4.1687 - 15.9.1687CaptainJohn TyrwhittB0519.9.1688 - 24.3.1688/89CaptainJames MontgomeryBWAS-160325.3.1689 - 12.5.1689CaptainThomas Room Coyle (d.1689)B05112.5.1689 - 27.6.1689LieutenantRobert Sincock (d.1702)BWAS-160327.6.1689 - 1690CaptainRobert Sincock (d.1702)BWAS-1603bef.18.1.1691/92 - 13.4.1693CaptainRichard ShortBWAS-160328.2.1692/93 - 24.11.1693CaptainThomas DobbinBWAS-160325.11.1693 - 4.1.1694/95CaptainThomas Taylor (d.1694/95)BWAS-1603

2 Commissioned Officers

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

10 Warrant Officers

15.6.1679 - 11.9.1681MasterJohn Benbow (1652/53-1702)1680 - 9.6.1680BoatswainFrancis BlakeADM 1/525328.6.1689 - 1689GunnerThomas DobbinsADM/Ac.28.6.1689 - 4.1.1694/95BoatswainGeorge IrelandADM/A10.10.1689 - 1689CookWalter WitcherADM/A27.1.1690/91 - 3.5.1691PurserMathew CaryADM/A27.1.1690/91 - 4.1.1694/95CarpenterJoseph PittockADM 1/52554.5.1691 - 1691PurserCharles BowlesADM/A1695 - 4.1.1694/95GunnerWilliam DistanceADM 1/52551695 - 4.1.1694/95MasterRichard ClementsADM 1/5255

2 Crewmen

1.2.1687/88 - 4.2.1688/89Ordinary SeamanThomas Hugbon (c.1673-?) ADM 107/1/71ADM 107/12.9.1688 - 20.2.1689/90Captain's ServantHewett 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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