Sapphire Hulk
Nominal Guns42B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned9.8.1708B028
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth B028
Ship Class1706 Establishment 42-GunnerB028
Constructor Thomas PoddBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeFrigate B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck118' 0"Imperial Feet35.9664 
Length of Keel97' 6"Imperial Feet29.5874 
Breadth32' 1"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Burthen533 7894Tons BM 


1708Broadside Weight = 153 Imperial Pound ( 69.3855 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck18 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1706190Design Complement

5 Ship Commanders

9.8.1708 - 23.7.1711Captain John Cockburn (c.1666-c.1731) Transfered ADM 6/9/179BWAS-171425.7.1711 - 5.10.1714Captain Augustus Rouse (d.1714)† Discharged Dead ADM 6/11/243
Confirmed 5.1.1712/13
13.10.1714 - 5.1.1714/15Captain John Cooper (d.1728) ADM 6/11/299ADM 6/1113.1.1727/28 - 18.8.1729Captain John Smith (d.1729)† Discharged Dead ADM 6/14/188BWAS-171411.11.1729 - 2.4.1730Captain Arthur Davis (d.1743) ADM 6/14/47
Confirmed 16.3.1729/30
ADM 6/14

9 Commissioned Officers

18.8.1708 - 22.2.1708/9Lieutenant John William Thomas Bass ADM 6/9/180ADM 6/923.2.1708/9 - 25.10.1709Lieutenant John Fitton ADM 6/10/35ADM 6/1026.10.1709 - 19.11.1710Lieutenant Thomas Wilcocks (d.1741) Transfered ADM 6/11/38
Confirmed 11.4.1710
ADM 6/11
23.5.1711 - 11.7.1711Lieutenant Solomon Gideon (d.1756) Transfered ADM 6/11/140ADM 6/1116.1.1727/28 - 2.4.1730First Lieutenant Nathaniel Orris (d.1749) ADM 6/14/188ADM 6/1318.1.1727/28 - 10.11.1729Second Lieutenant Thomas Mogg (d.1756) ADM 6/14/189ADM 6/1318.1.1727/28 - 28.7.1728Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Edward Herbert (d.1752) Transfered ADM 6/13/189ADM 6/1311.11.1729 - 2.4.1730Second Lieutenant Thomas Dalzel (d.1739/40) ADM 6/14/48
Confirmed 16.3.1729/30
ADM 6/14
11.11.1729 - 2.4.1730Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Richard Collins (d.1779) ADM 6/14/48
Confirmed 19.3.1729/30
ADM 6/14

4 Warrant Officers

14.1.1712/13 - 5.1.1714/15Midshipman Extra Nathaniel Blackmore ADM 6/11/240ADM 6/1124.6.1714 - 5.1.1714/15Midshipman Extra Timothy Bridge (d.1737) ADM 6/11/291ADM 6/111717Boatswain James Coleborneref:16181717Cook William Frenchref:1618

Service History

1708Convoy to the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1710Convoy to RussiaBWAS-1714
1711For North AmericaBWAS-1714
1711Coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
1713Voyage to the BalticBWAS-1714
1714Voyage to JamaicaBWAS-1714
12.1714Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1716Started a small repair at PlymouthBWAS-1714
10.1716Completed small repair at a cost of £1,562.15.3 1/4dBWAS-1714
7.1728Fitted for GuineaBWAS-1714
7.1728Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1732Started a small repair at PlymouthBWAS-1714
10.1732Completed small repair at a cost of £491.3.3dBWAS-1714
8.2.1739/40Ordered to be hulked at Plymouth, with another ship to be built ''in her room''BWAS-1714
2.1741Refitted as an unarmed Other Vessels Hulk BWAS-1714
16.6.1744Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
1.5.1745Sold at Plymouth for £530.11.0dBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
29.4.1711-9.10.1711British Fleet For North AmericaSir Hovenden Walker (1666-1725) 

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