French Ruby

Nominal Guns66B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Rubis' (1664) (60)
ShipyardBrest - Brittany BWAS-1603
Ship ClassRubis ClassTRN2
Designed byLaurent HubacBWAS-1603
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up1686B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel112' 0"Imperial Feet34.1376 
Breadth37' 10"Imperial Feet11.2776 
Depth in Hold16' 6"Imperial Feet4.9022 
Burthen968Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck139' 7"Imperial Feet42.3718 
Length of Keel112' 0"Imperial Feet34.1376 
Breadth38' 2"Imperial Feet11.5888 
Depth in Hold16' 6"Imperial Feet4.9022 
Draught Aft18' 6"Imperial Feet5.5055 
Burthen867 7794Tons BM 


1677Broadside Weight = 688 Imperial Pound ( 312.0088 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck24 British Demi-Cannon
Middle Gun Deck24 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck24 British Saker
Quarterdeck8 British Saker Cutts

1685Broadside Weight = 661 Imperial Pound ( 299.7635 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British Demi-Cannon
Middle Gun Deck20 British Culverin
Upper Gun Deck20 British Demi-Culverin
Quarterdeck8 British Demi-Culverin Drake
Forecastle2 British Minions

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1666460 BWAS-1603
1672520as a Second RateBWAS-1603
1.168620as a hulkBWAS-1603

6 Commanding Officers

19.9.1666 - 3.4.1667CaptainHarry YoungB05120.3.1667/68 - 8.7.1668CaptainJohn HartBWAS-16031670CaptainJohn HartB05123.2.1671/72 - 15.10.1672CaptainThomas Room Coyle (d.1689)BWAS-160311.2.1672/73 - 28.11.1674CaptainThomas Room Coyle (d.1689)B0511.4.1678 - 26.8.1678CaptainSir William JennensB051

1 Commissioned Officer

1678LieutenantJohn HeathB051

1 Warrant Officer

1686 - 11.9.1686SurgeonJohn Moyle (d.1714)ref:943

1 Crewman

27.8.1681 - 3.10.1681Ordinary SeamanJohn Humphreys ADM 107/1/90ADM 107/1

Service History

1672Refitted as a 74 gun Second Rate
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
28.5.1673First Battle of Schooneveld
4.6.1673Second Battle of Schooneveld
11.8.1673Battle of Texel
9.1674Guard ship at SheernessBWAS-1603
1678In the ChannelBWAS-1603

Notes on Ship

Second rate?B065
Lavery lists the ships as a Second Rate 80 gunner


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
B065The Ship of the Line Vol IBrian LaveryBook
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
ref:943Journals of the House of Commons: volume 15: 1705-1708 Book
ADM 107/1ADM 107/1 1691-1703 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive

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