Nominal Guns28BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned4.4.1690B028
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey B028
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
ConstructorJohn GressinghamBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeFireship B028
Broken Up to Rebuild10.1701B028
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate fireship 'Speedwell' (1702) (24)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck94' 0"Imperial Feet28.6512 
Length of Keel78' 6"Imperial Feet23.7935 
Breadth24' 11"Imperial Feet7.3216 
Depth in Hold9' 8"Imperial Feet2.9464 
Burthen259 5394Tons BM 


3.4.1690Broadside Weight = 86 Imperial Pound ( 39.001 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck4 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.12.1689115Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

4.4.1690 - 5.2.1689/90CaptainJohn Mason (d.1689/90)BWAS-160321.7.1690 - 1690CaptainStephen Woolgate (d.1690)BWAS-16031692 - 1694CaptainThomas Symonds (d.1694)BWAS-160315.2.1693/94 - 1697CaptainDavid Wavell (d.1703/4)BWAS-16036.8.1697 - 9.12.1697CaptainCharles Guy (d.1697)† ADM 6/4/113BWAS-16032.10.1697 - 21.9.1698CaptainChristopher Coulsea (d.1698): on board from 10.12.1697 ADM 6/4/118BWAS-16032.12.1698 - 1700CaptainJedediah Barker (d.1702/3) ADM 6/5/35BWAS-1603

3 Commissioned Officers

14.6.1696 - 1.12.1698LieutenantWilliam Carey ADM 6/3/62ADM 6/32.12.1698 - 31.1.1699/0LieutenantWilliam Smith (c.1674-1756) ADM 6/5/35ADM 6/51.2.1699/0 - 4.4.1700LieutenantWilliam Coulsea ADM 6/6/44
Commission confirmed 12.7.1700
ADM 6/6

Service History

19.5.1692Battle of Barfleur
6.1693Convoy for the Smyrna FleetBWAS-1603
1694Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1603
1694Off the Irish Coast until 1697BWAS-1603
23.5.1695Refitted as a 24 gunner
1697Commissioned for the West IndiesBWAS-1603
1699Attempted mutinyBWAS-1603
1700Paid offBWAS-1603
1702Broken up to be rebuiltBWAS-1603


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
ADM 6/3ADM 6/3 Commission and Warrant Book 1694/5 Jan.-1696 25 May Archive
ADM 6/5ADM 6/5 Commission and Warrent Book 1698 28 Jan.-1699 1 June Archive
ADM 6/6ADM 6/6 Commission and Warrent Book 1699 2 June-1702 26 Jan Archive

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