Nominal Guns28B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned14.4.1690B028
ShipyardDeptford - London B028
Ship Class1689 Program FireshipsB028
Constructor Robert & John CastleBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeFireship B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck93' 0"Imperial Feet28.3464 
Length of Keel82' 2"Imperial Feet25.019 
Breadth24' 10 ¼"Imperial Feet7.3216 
Depth in Hold9' 7 ½"Imperial Feet2.7559 
Burthen270 3094Tons BM 


18.4.1690Broadside 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

18 Ship Commanders

14.4.1690 - 30.8.1690Captain James Moody (d.1724) TransferedBWAS-160331.8.1690 - 5.11.1690Captain Thomas Symonds (d.1694)BWAS-160317.2.1690/91 - 11.5.1691Captain Hovenden Walker (1666-1725)BWAS-160312.5.1691 - 27.9.1691Captain Thomas Kercher (d.1694)BWAS-160320.2.1691/92 - 26.5.1694Commander William Lindsey (d.1694)BWAS-160327.5.1694 - 23.1.1695/96Captain Thomas Cleasbey (d.1718) Transfered ADM 6/3/94BWAS-16037.12.1695 - 24.11.1697Captain John Symonds (d.1706/7) ADM 6/3/99BWAS-160323.3.1699/1700 - 30.9.1700Captain Richard Paul (d.1702/3) ADM 6/6/28BWAS-16036.3.1700/1 - 13.1.1701/2Captain and Master Richard Cotton (d.1705): on board from 7.3.1700/1 Transfered ADM 6/6/69ADM 6/616.1.1701/2 - 13.10.1702Captain and Master Thomas Long (d.1710) Transfered ADM 6/6/133BWAS-16035.11.1702 - 25.11.1702Captain John Cowe ADM 6/7/62
Confirmed 28.11.1702
11.1.1702/3 - 26.9.1703Commander John Cowe ADM 6/7/76ADM 6/727.9.1703 - 9.1.1703/4Commander Thomas Kempthorne (d.1736) ADM 6/8/30
Confirmed 29.11.1703
ADM 6/8
10.1.1703/4 - 17.1.1704/5Commander George Fisher (d.1705) ADM 6/8/41BWAS-160316.1.1704/5 - 19.8.1706Captain Isaac Cooke (c.1668-1712) Transfered ADM 6/8/260
Confirmed 3.7.1706
ADM 6/8
14.1.1705/6 - 28.4.1706Commander Richard Lestock (1678/79-1748)BWAS-16038.6.1706 - 23.7.1708Commander Caesar Brooks (c.1674-1711) ADM 6/9/34
Confirmed 17.12.1706
4.7.1708 - 18.9.1708Commander George Purvis (1680-1740/41) Transfered ADM 6/11/29
Confirmed 25.2.1709/10
ADM 6/11

9 Commissioned Officers

27.3.1700 - 30.9.1700Lieutenant Hercules Mitchell (d.1705) ADM 6/6/29ADM 6/68.3.1700/1 - 15.1.1701/2Lieutenant Richard Cook Transfered ADM 6/6/70ADM 6/62.2.1701/2 - 23.3.1701/2Lieutenant Walter Fredenham Transfered ADM 6/7/4ADM 6/724.3.1701/2 - 10.4.1702Lieutenant Thomas Weedon (d.1707) Transfered ADM 6/7/21ADM 6/723.10.1702 - 25.11.1702Lieutenant Stroud Main ADM 6/7/68
Confirmed 21.12.1702
ADM 6/7
15.1.1702/3 - 20.4.1704Lieutenant Stroud Main Transfered ADM 6/7/78ADM 6/73.5.1704 - 22.1.1705/6Lieutenant Nicholas Eaton (d.c.1729) Transfered ADM 6/8/75ADM 6/824.7.1708 - 5.9.1708Lieutenant William Fleming Transfered ADM 6/10/43
Confirmed 14.3.1708/9
ADM 6/10
6.9.1708 - 10.12.1708Lieutenant James Henderson ADM 6/11/43
Confirmed 1.5.1710
ADM 6/11

4 Warrant Officers

1691 - 22.10.1691Gunner James Delgara DismissedADM 1/52531692 - 1693Master Habbakuk Wyley Transfered ADM 107/3/20ADM 1/52531692 - 1693Boatswain John FordADM 1/525315.1.1702/3 - 1703Gunner Nicholas Adrian ADM 6/7/78ADM 6/13

3 Petty Officers

25.10.1692 - 5.9.1693Midshipman John Hay (c.1667-?) ADM 107/1/88ADM 107/131.1.1692/93 - 18.3.1692/93Midshipman John Chamberlain (c.1672-?) Transfered ADM 107/1/70ADM 107/119.7.1694 - 12.2.1695/96Midshipman Robert Prosser (c.1674-1738) Transfered ADM 107/1/355ADM 107/1

Service History

8.1690Service with the fleetBWAS-1603
19.5.1692Battle of Barfleur
1693Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1697Sailed to the East IndiesBWAS-1603
1701Sailed to the BalticBWAS-1603
12.10.1702Battle of Vigo
9.1703Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
1704Refitted as a 8 gun Fireship
13.8.1704Battle of Malaga
1705In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
9.1706Sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1603
28.5.1708Wager's Action
10.12.1708Taken by a French squadron off UshantBWAS-1603


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Posted by Cy on Monday 28th of May 2018 08:15

Sorry! What request? Also note that 28 guns is the design armament when equiped as a sloop, as a fireship she carried only 8

Posted by Mr A on Monday 28th of May 2018 02:13

Per Admin request for sources

Per my request for correction on Armament- Total guns quantity 28
RE: Jun 1709 battle “Wager’s Action “

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