Nominal Guns26BWAS-1603
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardShoreham - Sussex BWAS-1603
Ship Class1693 Program FireshipsBWAS-1603
ConstructorThomas EllisBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeFireship BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck92' 3"Imperial Feet28.0797 
Length of Keel76' 0"Imperial Feet23.1648 
Breadth25' 0"Imperial Feet7.62 
Depth in Hold9' 8"Imperial Feet2.9464 
Burthen252' 6294"Tons BM 


1696Broadside Weight = 77 Imperial Pound ( 34.9199 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck6 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck16 British Saker
Gun Deck4 British 3-Pounder

1703Broadside Weight = 24 Imperial Pound ( 10.884 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck8 British 6-Pounder

1710Broadside Weight = 86 Imperial Pound ( 39.001 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck4 British 9-Pounder
Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck4 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1694115As a Fifth RateBWAS-1603
169445As a FireshipBWAS-1603
19.8.169852 ADM 106

15 Commanding Officers

18.5.1694 - 8.8.1695CaptainJohn Fletcher (d.1704/5) ADM 107/2/234BWAS-16039.8.1695 - 23.5.1699CaptainTimothy Bridges ADM 6/3/101BWAS-16036.3.1700/1 - 15.3.1700/1CaptainWilliam Urry ADM 6/6/69ADM 6/624.3.1700/1 - 2.4.1701CaptainKerrit Roffey (d.1716) ADM 6/6/79ADM 6/63.4.1701 - 1.10.1701CaptainJohn Anderson (d.1724) ADM 6/6/83BWAS-16039.3.1701/2 - 13.10.1702Captain and MasterEdward Rumsey (d.1710) ADM 6/7/16ADM 6/714.10.1702 - 26.11.1702CommanderJoseph Taylor (c.1664-?) ADM 6/7/62
Commission confirmed 11.11.1702
ADM 6/7
11.1.1702/3 - 14.2.1702/3CommanderJoseph Taylor (c.1664-?) ADM 6/7/76ADM 6/715.2.1702/3 - 7.7.1704CommanderWilliam Jameson (d.bef.1718) ADM 6/7/89BWAS-160314.12.1704 - 11.1.1705/6CommanderWilliam Jameson (d.bef.1718) ADM 6/8/119ADM 6/812.1.1705/6 - 16.5.1708CommanderWilliam Massam (d.1708) ADM 6/9/48
Commission confirmed 12.2.1706/7
16.5.1708 - 24.9.1708CommanderJohn Goodall (d.1728/29) ADM 6/11/87
Commission confirmed 15.12.1710
2.10.1708 - 18.10.1708CommanderCharles Constable (d.bef.1716) ADM 6/11/50
Commission confirmed 8.5.1710
27.11.1708 - 12.1.1709/10CommanderJohn Pulley (d.1715) ADM 6/11/61
Commission confirmed 5.8.1710
ADM 6/11
14.4.1710 - 20.9.1710CaptainThomas Mabbot (d.1711/12) ADM 107/2/234BWAS-1603

10 Commissioned Officers

1.3.1700/1 - 7.3.1700/1LieutenantJoseph Berry ADM 6/6/65ADM 6/68.3.1700/1 - 3.4.1701LieutenantFrancis Hollis ADM 6/6/70ADM 6/619.4.1701 - 24.9.1701LieutenantSamuel Chadwick (c.1675-1727) ADM 6/6/89ADM 6/610.3.1701/2 - 13.1.1702/3LieutenantJohn Gordon ADM 6/7/17ADM 6/71.4.1703 - 7.7.1704LieutenantWalter Lashbrooke ADM 6/7/114ADM 6/714.2.1704/5 - 17.1.1705/6LieutenantGeorge Roach ADM 6/8/151ADM 6/818.1.1705/6 - 21.9.1706LieutenantCharles Yarborough ADM 6/9/61
Commission confirmed 15.4.1707
ADM 6/9
22.9.1706 - 27.9.1708LieutenantJoseph Wold ADM 6/9/46
Commission confirmed 5.2.1706/7
ADM 6/9
28.9.1708 - 12.1.1709/10LieutenantJohn Onley (d.c.1742) ADM 6/11/179
Commission confirmed 26.11.1711
ADM 6/11
13.1.1709/10 - 20.9.1710LieutenantWilliam Cleland (d.1744) ADM 6/11/172
Commission confirmed 29.10.1711
ADM 6/11

Service History


Captain Fletcher, the Terrible fireship, Shoreham. After discussion with Benjamin Furzer the fireship has been launched. The stores have arrived and all haste will be made to be ready for sea.

ADM 106
1696Guard ship at PlymouthBWAS-1603

Captain Thomas Bridges, the Terrible guardship, at Plymouth. He has sent a list of men under his command and their dates of service as ordered.

ADM 106

Captain Timothy Bridge, the Terrible, Hamoze. He has delivered to John Addis's office muster books for June and July. He has 52 men on board and one sick at the hospital.

ADM 106

Captain Bridge, the Terrible, the Hamoaze. As orders have been received to refit the Terrible is taking the opportunity to draw attention to certain features, such as the position of the fire hearths and furnace, the absence of a fore-hatch and the position of the pumps, which make it difficult to run the ship safely and efficiently. Makes suggestions hoe these defects could be remedied.

ADM 106
26.2.1700/1Ordered converted to a fireshipBWAS-1603
17.3.1700/1Ordered converted to a 'frigate'BWAS-1603
26.3.1701Ordered converted to a fireshipBWAS-1603
12.10.1702Battle of Vigo
29.5.1703Established as a fireshipBWAS-1603
14.1.1709/10Established as a Fifth RateBWAS-1603


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