Nominal Guns24BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fifth Rate fireship 'Speedwell' (1690) (28)
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey B028
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
Constructor and Graves NewmanBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeFireship BWAS-1603
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

3 Ship Commanders

1.6.1702 - 10.1.1704/5Captain George Cammock (1665-1732): on board from 6.6.1702 Transfered ADM 6/7/39BWAS-160312.1.1704/5 - 25.3.1705Captain George Saunders (c.1671-1734) Transfered ADM 6/8/135ADM 6/827.11.1710 - 11.4.1716Captain Philip Vanbrugh (d.1753) Transfered ADM 6/11/84BWAS-1603

6 Commissioned Officers

29.4.1702 - 7.2.1702/3Lieutenant Thomas Willyams (1671-1752) Transfered ADM 6/7/31ADM 6/78.2.1702/3 - 20.12.1704Lieutenant Henry Roach (d.1706) ADM 6/7/86ADM 6/727.12.1704 - 8.8.1705Lieutenant Charles Roach ADM 6/8/126ADM 6/89.8.1705 - 3.2.1707/8Lieutenant John Saunders Transfered ADM 6/8/189ADM 6/831.1.1706/7 - 5.8.1708Lieutenant Kerry Lyne ADM 6/11/108
Confirmed 13.2.1710/11
ADM 6/11
6.8.1708 - 12.3.1712/13Lieutenant Humphrey Orme (d.1751) Transfered ADM 6/9/179ADM 6/9

1 Warrant Officer

7.1.1712/13 - 1713Midshipman Extra Samuel Toft ADM 6/11/238ADM 6/11

Service History


John Quallett and W. Rann, Shipbuilders, Rotherhithe. Have surveyed the Speedwell, rebuilding at Limehouse , called in Fisher Harding, the Master Shipwright from Deptford, to inspect her, and the Tyger, which Mr. Wells is rebuilding, which had several defective timbers.

ADM 106
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 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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