Nominal Guns24BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fifth Rate fireship 'Speedwell' (1690) (28)
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey B028
Ship Class1689 Program Fireships
Constructorand Graves NewmanBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeFireship
Broken Up to Rebuild11.1715BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish Sixth Rate ship 'Speedwell' (1716) (42)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck94' 9"Imperial Feet28.7084 
Length of Keel78' 10 ½"Imperial Feet23.7871 
Breadth25' 4"Imperial Feet7.6403 
Depth in Hold9' 8 ½"Imperial Feet2.7559 
Burthen269 2294Tons BM 


8.1702Broadside 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
1703125 BWAS-1603

4 Commanding Officers

16.4.1702 - 29.5.1702CaptainGeorge Smith (d.1704) ADM 6/7/29ADM 6/71.6.1702 - 10.1.1704/5CaptainGeorge Cammock (1665-1732) ADM 6/7/39BWAS-160312.1.1704/5 - 25.3.1705CaptainGeorge Saunders (c.1671-1734) ADM 6/8/135ADM 6/827.11.1710 - 11.4.1716CaptainPhilip Vanbrugh (d.1753) ADM 6/11/84BWAS-1603

6 Commissioned Officers

29.4.1702 - 7.2.1702/3LieutenantThomas Williams (1671-?) ADM 6/7/31ADM 6/78.2.1702/3 - 20.12.1704LieutenantHenry Roach (d.1706) ADM 6/7/86ADM 6/727.12.1704 - 8.8.1705LieutenantCharles Roach ADM 6/8/126ADM 6/89.8.1705 - 3.2.1707/8LieutenantJohn Saunders ADM 6/8/189ADM 6/831.1.1706/7 - 5.8.1708LieutenantKerry Lyne ADM 6/11/108
Commission confirmed 13.2.1710/11
ADM 6/11
6.8.1708 - 12.3.1712/13LieutenantHumphrey Orme (d.1751) ADM 6/9/179ADM 6/9

1 Warrant Officer

7.1.1712/13 - 1713Midshipman ExtraSamuel Toft ADM 6/11/238ADM 6/11

Service History

6.1702Commissioned for the Irish coastBWAS-1603
30.7.1705Took the Privateer L'Aventure BWAS-1603

The Speedwell and Shoreham met 10 French ships bound for Martinique and other plantations with provisions and took 5 of them, being respectively, 180, 140, 100, 96 and 160 tons, and brought them into Ireland

19.6.1706Took the Privateer La Bonne Françoise (4) BWAS-1603
21.6.1708Took the Unrated Sloop Wolf (2) BWAS-1603
14.7.1708Took the Privateer La Marie Thérèse BWAS-1603
20.6.1709Took the Privateer La Mignonne BWAS-1603
11.1712Began middling repair at Portsmouth - Hampshire BWAS-1603
1713Sailed to BarbadosBWAS-1603
2.1713Completed middling repair at Portsmouth - Hampshire at a cost of £1118.7.9dBWAS-1603
11.1715Docked at Deptford to be broken up and rebuilt as a Sixth RateBWAS-1603


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