Nominal Guns28BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned4.4.1690B028
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey B028
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
Constructor John 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.8.3.1690/91Captain Stephen Woolgate (d.1690)BWAS-1603bef.9.3.1690/91 - 14.2.1693/94Captain Thomas Symonds (d.1694)BWAS-160315.2.1693/94 - 5.8.1697Captain David Wavell (d.1703/4)BWAS-16036.8.1697 - 1.10.1697Captain Charles Guy (d.1697) ADM 6/4/113BWAS-16032.10.1697 - 21.9.1698Captain Christopher Coulsea (d.1698): on board from 10.12.1697 ADM 6/4/118BWAS-1603aft.21.9.1698 - 27.10.1698Captain Valentine BowlesADM 1/52602.12.1698 - 24.7.1700Captain Jedediah Barker (d.1702/3) ADM 6/5/35BWAS-160316.4.1702 - 29.5.1702Captain George Smith (d.1704) ADM 6/7/29ADM 6/7

3 Commissioned Officers

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

3 Warrant Officers

1697Boatswain John NorwoodADM 1/52571697Carpenter John CarterADM 1/52571698 - 27.10.1698Boatswain Andrew MelbyADM 1/5257

2 Petty Officers

1698Boatswain's Mate Thomas MoodyADM 1/52571698 - 27.10.1698Midshipman Jonathan 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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