Nominal Guns4B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardLimehouse - London B028
Ship ClassSerpent ClassB028
ConstructorRobert DavisBWAS-1603
Ship TypeBomb Vessel B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Gundeck66' 0"Imperial Feet20.1168 
Breadth23' 6"Imperial Feet7.0612 
Burthen149Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck65' 8"Imperial Feet19.8526 
Length of Keel50' 6"Imperial Feet15.3924 
Breadth23' 6 ½"Imperial Feet7.0231 
Depth in Hold10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Burthen148 8294Tons BM 


11.1.1695/96Broadside Weight = 48 Imperial Pound ( 21.768 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.169530Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

4.3.1695/96 - 20.10.1696CommanderThomas Lambert (d.1699/0) ADM 6/3/134BWAS-160318.3.1701/2 - 13.10.1702CommanderJohn Clifton (d.1723) ADM 6/7/20BWAS-160314.10.1702 - 13.1.1702/3CommanderGeorge Saunders (c.1671-1734) ADM 6/7/62
Commission confirmed 11.11.1702
ADM 6/7
6.1.1702/3 - 7.1.1703/4CommanderGeorge Martin (d.1724) ADM 6/7/72BWAS-16038.1.1703/4 - 17.10.1704CommanderIsaac Cooke (c.1668-1712) ADM 6/8/42BWAS-1603

Service History

13.8.1704Battle of Malaga
17.10.1704Taken by the French while moored at Gibraltar and burntBWAS-1603


B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/7ADM 6/7 Commission and Warrent Book 1702 28 Jan.-1703 6 July Archive

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Posted by Cy on Friday 30th of August 2019 15:39

Yes, as a bomb it would have mortars and 4 guns (hence the nominal armament). See the class page for full details.
I guess the armament of 16 guns would have stood if operating as a sloop. Bombs (and fireships) were general duel purpose weapons

Posted by Tom Jensen on Friday 30th of August 2019 02:38

Should this ship have mortars? and is the nominal guns correct compared to the armament?

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