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

8 Commanding Officers

21.7.1690 - bef.8.3.1690/91CaptainStephen Woolgate (d.1690)BWAS-1603bef.9.3.1690/91 - 14.2.1693/94CaptainThomas Symonds (d.1694)BWAS-160315.2.1693/94 - 5.8.1697CaptainDavid Wavell (d.1703/4)BWAS-16036.8.1697 - 1.10.1697CaptainCharles 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-1603aft.21.9.1698 - 27.10.1698CaptainValentine BowlesADM 1/52602.12.1698 - 24.7.1700CaptainJedediah Barker (d.1702/3) ADM 6/5/35BWAS-160316.4.1702 - 29.5.1702CaptainGeorge Smith (d.1704) ADM 6/7/29ADM 6/7

3 Commissioned Officers

14.6.1696 - 1.12.1698LieutenantWilliam Carey ADM 6/3/62ADM 6/32.12.1698 - 31.1.1699/1700LieutenantWilliam Smith (c.1674-1756) ADM 6/5/35ADM 6/51.2.1699/1700 - 4.4.1700LieutenantWilliam Coulsea ADM 6/6/44
Commission confirmed 12.7.1700
ADM 6/6

3 Warrant Officers

1697CarpenterJohn CarterADM 1/52571697BoatswainJohn NorwoodADM 1/52571698 - 27.10.1698BoatswainAndrew MelbyADM 1/5257

2 Petty Officers

1698Boatswain's MateThomas MoodyADM 1/52571698 - 27.10.1698MidshipmanJonathan BeereADM 1/5260

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

Agree that when the Speedwell and Roebuck, Fireships, are converted into Frigates they are to be established with 150 men and 26 guns each. Of these 26 guns, 22 are to be sakers of 12 or 13 pounds and for are to faucons of for hundredweight each.
After conversion the ships are to be borne as 5th Rates and are to be fitted out for service in the Channel and victualled for ten weeks.

1697Commissioned for the West IndiesBWAS-1603
1699Attempted mutinyBWAS-1603
1700Paid offBWAS-1603
1702Broken up to be rebuiltBWAS-1603


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