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Speedwell

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Nominal Guns28BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered6.12.1689BWAS-1603
Acquired3.4.1690BWAS-1603
First Commissioned4.4.1690B028
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey B028
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
Constructor
John GressinghamBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeFireship B028
Broken Up to Rebuild10.1701B028
Becomes
British Fifth Rate fireship 'Speedwell' (1702) (24) 1702-1715
British 24 Gun
5th Rate Fireship

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
21.7.1690 - bef.8.3.1690/91Captain
Stephen WoolgateBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1691
BWAS-1603
bef.9.3.1690/91 - 14.2.1693/94Captain
Thomas SymondsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1831
BWAS-1603
15.2.1693/94 - 5.8.1697Captain
David WavellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1692-1703
BWAS-1603
6.8.1697 - 1.10.1697Captain
Charles GuyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1668-1697
ADM 6/4/113
BWAS-1603
2.10.1697 - 21.9.1698Captain
Christopher CoulseaBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1692-1698
: on board from 10.12.1697 ADM 6/4/118
BWAS-1603
aft.21.9.1698 - 27.10.1698Captain
Valentine BowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1694-1698
Dismissed
ADM 1/5260
2.12.1698 - 24.7.1700Captain
Jedediah BarkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691-1703
ADM 6/5/35
BWAS-1603
16.4.1702 - 29.5.1702Captain
George SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1694-1702
Transfered ADM 6/7/29
ADM 6/7

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
14.6.1696 - 1.12.1698Lieutenant
William CareyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1740
ADM 6/3/62
ADM 6/3
2.12.1698 - 31.1.1699/1700Lieutenant
William SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1691-1747
ADM 6/5/35
ADM 6/5
1.2.1699/1700 - 4.4.1700Lieutenant
William CoulseaBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1700-1737
Transfered ADM 6/6/44
Confirmed 12.7.1700
ADM 6/6

4 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
12.8.1695 - 1695Purser
Robert RagsterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 6/3/69
ADM 6/3
1697Carpenter
John CarterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1697
ADM 1/5257
1697Boatswain
John NorwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1697
ADM 1/5257
1698 - 27.10.1698Boatswain
Andrew MelbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1698
Dismissed
ADM 1/5257

4 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
21.6.1695 - 1695Volunteer
William BrowneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 6/3/63
ADM 6/3
21.6.1695 - 1695Volunteer
Samuel LecheBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 6/3/63
ADM 6/3
1698 - 27.10.1698Midshipman
Jonathan BeereBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1698
Dismissed
ADM 1/5260
1698Boatswain's Mate
Thomas MoodyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1698
ADM 1/5257

Service History


DateEventSource
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
10.6.1695

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.

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

 

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