Nominal Guns32B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned13.6.1675
ShipyardHarwich B028
ConstructorSir Anthony Deane (1638-1721)B028
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sunk in Action11.9.1696B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck105' 8"Imperial Feet32.0446 
Length of Keel89' 0"Imperial Feet27.1272 
Breadth26' 10"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold10' 0"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft13' 2"Imperial Feet3.9793 
Burthen340 8194Tons BM 


1677Broadside Weight = 114.5 Imperial Pound ( 51.926 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck18 British Demi-Culverin
Lower Gun Deck10 British Saker
Lower Gun Deck4 British Minions

1685Broadside Weight = 82 Imperial Pound ( 37.187 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck16 British 8-Pound Saker
Upper Gun Deck10 British Minions
Quarterdeck2 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1674135Establishment for war abroadBWAS-1603
1674115Establishment for war at homeBWAS-1603
167490Establishment for peaceBWAS-1603

13 Commanding Officers

13.6.1675 - 10.9.1677CaptainThomas Harman (d.1677)BWAS-160317.9.1677 - 12.4.1679CaptainCloudisley Shovell (1650-1707)B05112.4.1679 - 3.5.1679CaptainWilliam BlaggeBWAS-16035.5.1679 - 24.2.1679/80CaptainCloudisley Shovell (1650-1707)B05123.3.1680/81 - 14.10.1685CaptainAnthony Hastings (d.1692)BWAS-160311.7.1686 - 5.1689CaptainJohn TosyerBWAS-16035.1689 - 7.1689CaptainWilliam Bokenham (d.1702)BWAS-16037.1689 - 10.4.1690CaptainChristopher MyngsBWAS-160311.4.1690 - 1693CaptainJames Killigrew (d.1694/95)BWAS-16031693CaptainHovenden Walker (1666-1725)BWAS-16031694 - 1695CaptainRobert WynnBWAS-16031695 - 23.1.1695/96CaptainJohn Lytcott (d.1697)BWAS-160324.1.1695/96 - 11.9.1696CaptainThomas Cleasbey (d.1718) ADM 6/3/120BWAS-1603

1 Commissioned Officer

14.12.1695 - 10.2.1696/97LieutenantJames Brothers ADM 6/3/101ADM 6/3

3 Petty Officers

6.9.1690 - 13.12.1690MidshipmanJames Johnson ADM 107/1/52ADM 107/114.12.1690 - 16.9.1691Master's MateJames Johnson ADM 107/1/52ADM 107/123.10.1693 - 17.1.1693/94MidshipmanJohn Hay (c.1667-?) ADM 107/1/88ADM 107/1

3 Crewmen

15.4.1685 - 4.4.1688Captain's ClerkJohn Graheurs (c.1670-?) ADM 107/1/33ADM 107/121.3.1689/90 - 5.9.1690Able SeamanJames Johnson ADM 107/1/52ADM 107/112.12.1690 - 20.4.1692Able SeamanSamuel Oates (c.1645-?) ADM 107/1/32ADM 107/1

Service History

13.6.1675Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1.1676At GenoaBWAS-1603
30.8.1677Took the Unrated Ship Date Tree (28) BWAS-1603

In action with the Algerian Golden Horse

10.9.1677Sapphire vs Golden Horse
9.9.1681Took the Unrated Ship Half Moon (32) at AlgiersBWAS-1603
1689Sailed to New EnglandBWAS-1603
4.1690Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
7.1691captured a large French privateerBWAS-1603
1693On the Irish stationBWAS-1603
1696Convoy to NewfoundlandBWAS-1603
11.9.1696abandoned and burnt to avoid capture by a French squadron in the Bay of Bulls, NewfoundlandBWAS-1603


B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
ADM 6/3ADM 6/3 Commission and Warrant Book 1694/5 Jan.-1696 25 May Archive
ADM 107/1ADM 107/1 1691-1703 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive

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Posted by regis on Friday 20th of October 2017 12:16

Maybe victim of the 1696 campaign of the privateers of Noel Danycan

Posted by Brian on Saturday 23rd of January 2016 19:55

London Gazette, 1696, Falmouth Oct. 19 - A vessel has come into this Port in 16 days from Newfoundland, having on board divers passengers; who give an account that on the 11th of last month, 7 or 8 French Privateers, some of them carrying 40 to 50 guns, came into the Bay of bulls and took or destroyed several of our fishing ships; the Sapphire, a Fifth rate, one of their convoys, fought the enemy until she was disabled, and then the Captain set the ship on fire, and retired with his men on shore. The French landed and destroyed the settlement there, and afterwards did the like at other places.

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