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


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

19 Commanding Officers

14.4.1690 - 30.8.1690CaptainJames Moody (d.1724)BWAS-160331.8.1690 - 1.1691CaptainThomas Symonds (d.1694)BWAS-16031.1691 - 1692CaptainThomas Kercher (d.1694)BWAS-160317.2.1690/91 - 1692CaptainHovenden Walker (1666-1725)BWAS-16031693CommanderWilliam Lindsey (d.1694)BWAS-16031693 - 1694CaptainJohn Jackson (d.1725)BWAS-160327.5.1694 - 26.1.1695/96CaptainThomas Cleasbey (d.1718) ADM 6/3/94BWAS-16037.12.1695 - 22.11.1697CaptainJohn Symonds (d.1706/7) ADM 6/3/99BWAS-160323.3.1699/0 - 1701CaptainRichard Paul (d.1702/3) ADM 6/6/28BWAS-16036.3.1700/1 - 13.1.1701/2Captain and MasterRichard Cotton (d.1705) ADM 6/6/69ADM 6/616.1.1701/2 - 13.10.1702Captain and MasterThomas Long (d.1710) ADM 6/6/133BWAS-16035.11.1702 - 10.1.1702/3CaptainJohn Cowe ADM 6/7/62
Commission confirmed 28.11.1702
11.1.1702/3 - 26.9.1703CommanderJohn Cowe ADM 6/7/76ADM 6/727.9.1703 - 9.1.1703/4CommanderThomas Kempthorne (d.1736) ADM 6/8/30
Commission confirmed 29.11.1703
ADM 6/8
10.1.1703/4 - 15.1.1704/5CommanderGeorge Fisher (d.1705) ADM 6/8/41BWAS-160316.1.1704/5 - 19.8.1705CaptainIsaac Cooke (c.1668-1712) ADM 6/8/260
Commission confirmed 3.7.1706
ADM 6/8
14.1.1705/6 - 7.6.1706CommanderRichard Lestock (1678/79-1748)BWAS-16038.6.1706 - 23.7.1708CommanderCaesar Brooks (d.1711) ADM 6/9/34
Commission confirmed 17.12.1706
4.7.1708 - 17.9.1708CommanderGeorge Purvis (1680-1748) ADM 6/11/29
Commission confirmed 25.2.1709/10
ADM 6/11

9 Commissioned Officers

27.3.1700 - 5.3.1700/1LieutenantHercules Mitchell (d.1705) ADM 6/6/29ADM 6/68.3.1700/1 - 15.1.1701/2LieutenantRichard Cook ADM 6/6/70ADM 6/62.2.1701/2 - 23.3.1701/2LieutenantWalter Fredenham ADM 6/7/4ADM 6/724.3.1701/2 - 10.4.1702LieutenantThomas Weedon (d.1707) ADM 6/7/21ADM 6/723.10.1702 - 14.1.1702/3LieutenantStroud Main ADM 6/7/68
Commission confirmed 21.12.1702
ADM 6/7
15.1.1702/3 - 20.4.1704LieutenantStroud Main ADM 6/7/78ADM 6/73.5.1704 - 22.1.1705/6LieutenantNicholas Eaton (d.c.1729) ADM 6/8/75ADM 6/824.7.1708 - 5.9.1708LieutenantWilliam Fleming ADM 6/10/43
Commission confirmed 14.3.1708/9
ADM 6/10
6.9.1708 - 17.9.1708LieutenantJames Henderson ADM 6/11/43
Commission confirmed 1.5.1710
ADM 6/11

1 Warrant Officer

15.1.1702/3 - 1703GunnerNicholas Adrian ADM 6/7/78ADM 6/13

2 Petty Officers

25.10.1692 - 5.9.1693MidshipmanJohn Hay (c.1667-?) ADM 107/1/88ADM 107/131.1.1692/93 - 18.3.1692/93MidshipmanJohn Chamberlain (c.1672-?) ADM 107/1/70ADM 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


Previous comments on this page

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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