Nominal Guns32B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorThe Royal Navy
First Commissioned1675/06/13
ShipyardHarwich B028
ConstructorSir Anthony DeaneB028
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeShip
Sunk in Action1696/09/11B028


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

Commanding Officers

1675/06/13 - 1677/09/10CaptainThomas HarmanBWAS-16031677/09/17 - 1679/04/12CaptainCloudisley ShovellB0511679/04/12 - 1679/05/03CaptainWilliam BlaggeBWAS-16031679/05/05 - 1680/02/24CaptainCloudisley ShovellB0511681/03/23 - 1685/10/14CaptainAnthony HastingsBWAS-16031686/07/11 - 1689/05CaptainJohn TosyerBWAS-16031689/05 - 1689/07CaptainWilliam BokenhamBWAS-16031689/07 - 1690/04/10CaptainChristopher MyngsBWAS-16031690/04/11 - 1693CaptainJames KilligrewBWAS-16031693CaptainHovenden WalkerBWAS-16031694 - 1695CaptainRobert WynnBWAS-16031695 - 1696/01/23CaptainJohn LytcottBWAS-16031696/01/24 - 1696/09/11CaptainThomas CleasbeyBWAS-1603

Commissioned Officers

1695/12/14 - 1697/02/10LieutenantJames BrothersADM 6/3

Petty Officers

1690/09/06 - 1690/12/13MidshipmanJames JohnsonADM 107/11690/12/14 - 1691/09/16Master's MateJames JohnsonADM 107/1


1685/04/15 - 1688/04/04Captain's ClerkJohn GraheursADM 107/11690/03/21 - 1690/09/05Able SeamanJames JohnsonADM 107/11690/12/12 - 1692/04/20Able SeamanSamuel OatesADM 107/1

Service History

1675/06/13Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1676/01At GenoaBWAS-1603
1677/08/30Took the Unrated Ship Date Tree (28) BWAS-1603

In action with the Algerian Golden Horse

1677/09/10Sapphire vs Golden Horse
1681/09/09Took the Unrated Ship Half Moon (32) at AlgiersBWAS-1603
1689Sailed to New EnglandBWAS-1603
1690/04Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1691/07captured a large French privateerBWAS-1603
1693On the Irish stationBWAS-1603
1696Convoy to NewfoundlandBWAS-1603
1696/09/11abandoned and burnt to avoid capture by a French squadron in the Bay of Bulls, NewfoundlandBWAS-1603


B028 Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B051 Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
ADM 6/3 ADM 6/3 Commission and Warrant Book 1694/5 Jan.-1696 25 May Archive
ADM 107/1 ADM 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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