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Nonsuch

5575
Nominal Guns36B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered13.6.1668BWAS-1603
Launched22.12.1668BWAS-1603
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth B028
Constructor
Sir Anthony DeaneBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1660-1721
BWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Captured4.1.1694/95B028
Becomes
French Fourth Rate frégate-vaisseau de 1er ordre 'Le Sans Pareil' (1695) (42) 1695-1697
French 42 Gun
4th Rate Frégate-Vaisseau de 1er Ordre

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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


DatesRankNameSource
22.12.1668 - 9.4.1669Captain
Laurens van HeemskirkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1668-1669
BWAS-1603
9.4.1669 - 11.1.1669/70Captain
John HolmesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1667-1673
B051
13.1.1669/70 - 10.7.1671Captain
John BerryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1689
B051
3.2.1671/72 - 30.1.1671/72Captain
Thomas LegatBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1672
B051
8.2.1672/73 - 5.10.1674Captain
Lawrence WrightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1693
BWAS-1603
31.5.1673 - 3.2.1672/73Captain
Edward FitzgeraldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1673
BWAS-1603
25.4.1677 - 10.7.1680Captain
George RookeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1705
ODNB
14.7.1680 - 11.9.1680Captain
Cloudisley ShovellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1707
B051
11.9.1680 - 8.8.1681Captain
Francis WhelerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1678-1694
: on board from 12.9.1680 Transfered ADM 6/3/60
TRN2
9.8.1681 - 9.11.1681Captain
Ralph WrennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1688
TRN2
22.4.1687 - 15.9.1687Captain
John TyrwhittBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1660-1688
B051
9.9.1688 - 24.3.1688/89Captain
James MontgomeryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1673-1689
BWAS-1603
25.3.1689 - 12.5.1689Captain
Thomas Room CoyleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1689
B051
12.5.1689 - 27.6.1689Lieutenant
Robert SincockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1701
BWAS-1603
27.6.1689 - bef.17.1.1692Captain
Robert SincockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1701
ADM 6/3/49
BWAS-1603
bef.18.1.1691/92 - 13.4.1693Captain
Richard ShortBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691-1702
Dismissed
BWAS-1603
28.2.1692/93 - 24.11.1693Captain
Thomas DobbinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693
BWAS-1603
25.11.1693 - 4.1.1694/95Captain
Thomas TaylorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1695
BWAS-1603

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
bef.21.5.1677 - aft.21.5.1677Lieutenant
Daniel JonesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1673-1693
ADM 8/1/84
ADM8
1695 - 4.1.1694/95Lieutenant
Abraham HowardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 1/5255

10 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.6.1679 - 11.9.1681Master
John BenbowBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1678-1702
1680 - 9.6.1680Boatswain
Francis BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1680
Dismissed
ADM 1/5253
28.6.1689 - 4.1.1694/95Gunner
Thomas DobbinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1695
ADM 6/1760/325
ADM/A
c.28.6.1689 - 4.1.1694/95Boatswain
George IrelandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1695
ADM/A
10.10.1689 - 4.1.1694/95Cook
Walter WitcherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1695
ADM 6/1763/134
ADM/A
27.1.1690/91 - 3.5.1691Purser
Mathew CaryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691
ADM/A
27.1.1690/91 - 4.1.1694/95Carpenter
Joseph PittockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691-1695
ADM 1/5255
4.5.1691 - 4.1.1694/95Purser
Charles BowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691-1695
ADM 6/1774/388
ADM/A
1695 - 4.1.1694/95Gunner
William DistanceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 1/5255
1695 - 4.1.1694/95Master
Richard ClementsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 1/5255

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1.2.1687/88 - 4.2.1688/89Ordinary Seaman
Thomas HugbonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1687-1699
ADM 107/1/71
ADM 107/1
2.9.1688 - 20.2.1689/90Captain's Servant
Hewett HollowayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1704
ADM 107/1/16
ADM 107/1

Service History


DateEventSource
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) 1677-1681
Algerian 46 Gun
Unrated Ship

12.5.1689Took the Frégate-Vaisseau de 2ème Ordre (Demi-Batterie)
Les Jeux (36) 1689-1689
French 36 Gun
5th Rate Frégate-Vaisseau de 2ème Ordre (Demi-Batterie)
FWIKI
12.5.1689Took the Frégate Légère
La Railleuse (20) 1683-1689
French 20 Gun
6th Rate Frégate Légère
FWIKI
20.2.1690/91Refitted as a Fifth RateADM/A
28.2.1692/93

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) 1687-1736
French 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
near the
BWAS-1603


Notes on Ship


DesignBWAS-1603
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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