Nominal Guns28B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned11.4.1690B028
ShipyardWapping - London B028
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
ConstructorEdward SnelgroveB028
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeFireship B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck96' 0"Imperial Feet29.2608 
Length of Keel84' 5"Imperial Feet25.635 
Breadth25' 6"Imperial Feet7.6505 
Depth in Hold9' 9 ¾"Imperial Feet2.7623 
Burthen291 9294Tons BM 


17.4.1691Broadside Weight = 86 Imperial Pound ( 39.001 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck4 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.169950Actual crew (men and boys)?TRN2

11 Commanding Officers

11.4.1690 - 20.7.1690CaptainIsaac Townsend (d.1731)BWAS-160321.7.1690 - 29.8.1690CaptainJohn Walford (d.1690)BWAS-160317.8.1690 - 15.1.1690/91CaptainAndrew Leake (d.1704)BWAS-160315.1.1690/91 - 17.6.1692CaptainFrancis Manley (d.1692)BWAS-16036.3.1692/93 - 22.11.1693CaptainRichard Wyatt (d.1703)BWAS-160323.11.1693 - 1694CaptainRobert Kirktown (d.1718)BWAS-16031695CaptainEdward Owen (d.1708)BWAS-160321.6.1695 - 21.4.1696CaptainGeorge Trenchard (d.1696)† ADM 6/3/63BWAS-16031.5.1696 - 24.3.1696/97CaptainRobert Stevens (d.1704/5) ADM 6/3/154BWAS-160325.3.1697 - 25.7.1698CaptainWilliam Urry ADM 6/4/85BWAS-160326.7.1698 - 24.2.1699/0CaptainWilliam Dampier (1651-1715) ADM 6/5/25TRN2

2 Commissioned Officers

16.6.1695 - 25.7.1698LieutenantWilliam Weighman (c.1666-?) ADM 6/3/64ADM 6/326.7.1698 - 1699LieutenantGeorge Fisher (d.1705) ADM 6/5/26ADM 6/5

1 Warrant Officer

20.2.1692/93 - 26.4.1694MasterJoseph Taylor (c.1664-?) ADM 107/1/63ADM 107/1

1 Petty Officer

26.1.1692/93 - 19.2.1692/93CoxswainJoseph Taylor (c.1664-?) ADM 107/1/63ADM 107/1

Service History

19.5.1692Battle of Barfleur
10.5.1694Present at the destruction of shipping in Betheume BayBWAS-1603
4.1695Escape from squadronBWAS-1603
23.5.1695Refitted as a 24 gun Fifth Rate
1697Commissioned for Yarmouth fishery protection dutiesBWAS-1603
11.8.1698Fitted as a 12-gun Sixth Rate for a round the world expeditionBWAS-1603
11.8.1698Refitted as a 12 gun Sixth Rate for a round the world expedition
14.1.1698/99Left the Downs on an expedition "for the discovery of the unknown parts of New Holland and New Guinea"TRN2
1.1.1699/0Sailed for home via New GuineaBWAS-1603

Sank at her anchors in Clarence Bay, Ascension Island



B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/3ADM 6/3 Commission and Warrant Book 1694/5 Jan.-1696 25 May Archive
ADM 6/5ADM 6/5 Commission and Warrent Book 1698 28 Jan.-1699 1 June Archive
ADM 107/1ADM 107/1 1691-1703 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive

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