Nominal Guns32B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned13.6.1675B028
ShipyardHarwich - Essex B028
ConstructorSir Anthony Deane (1633-1721)B028
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
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 Ship Commanders

13.6.1675 - 10.9.1677Captain Thomas Harman (d.1677)BWAS-160317.9.1677 - 12.4.1679Captain Cloudisley Shovell (1650-1707)B05112.4.1679 - 3.5.1679Captain William BlaggeBWAS-16035.5.1679 - 24.2.1679/80Captain Cloudisley Shovell (1650-1707)B05123.3.1680/81 - 14.10.1685Captain Anthony Hastings (d.1692)BWAS-160311.7.1686 - 5.1689Captain John TosyerBWAS-16035.1689 - 7.1689Captain William Bokenham (d.1702)BWAS-16037.1689 - 10.4.1690Captain Christopher MyngsBWAS-160311.4.1690 - 1693Captain James Killigrew (d.1694/95)BWAS-16031693Captain Hovenden Walker (1666-1725)BWAS-16031694 - 1695Captain Robert WynnBWAS-16031695 - 23.1.1695/96Captain John Lytcott (d.1697)BWAS-160324.1.1695/96 - 11.9.1696Captain Thomas Cleasbey (d.1718) ADM 6/3/120BWAS-1603

2 Commissioned Officers

bef.9.1676 - aft.21.5.1677Lieutenant John Neville (d.1697) ADM 8/1/78ADM814.12.1695 - 10.2.1696/97Lieutenant James Brothers ADM 6/3/101ADM 6/3

4 Petty Officers

6.9.1690 - 13.12.1690Midshipman James Johnson ADM 107/1/52ADM 107/114.12.1690 - 16.9.1691Master's Mate James Johnson ADM 107/1/52ADM 107/123.10.1693 - 17.1.1693/94Midshipman John Hay (c.1667-?) ADM 107/1/88ADM 107/113.2.1695/96 - 11.9.1696Midshipman Robert Prosser (c.1674-1738) ADM 107/1/355ADM 107/1

3 Crewmen

15.4.1685 - 4.4.1688Captain's Clerk John Graheurs (c.1670-?) ADM 107/1/33ADM 107/121.3.1689/90 - 5.9.1690Able Seaman James Johnson ADM 107/1/52ADM 107/112.12.1690 - 20.4.1692Able Seaman Samuel 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 Ship Date Tree (28) BWAS-1603

In action with the Algerian Golden Horse

10.9.1677Sapphire vs Golden Horse
9.9.1681Took the 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


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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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