Latitude 50° 21.40 N
Longitude 004° 07.30 W
Accuracy Unknown, not found
Reference NMR 876222
Location Description Cattewater
Craft type Fireship
Date built 1688
Date of loss 29 November 1689
Manner of loss Wrecked
Outcome Broken up
Construction Wood
Propulsion Sail
Nationality United Kingdom
Hull displacement 120 tons
Armament 6 x cannon
Crew 25
Master Stone, William
Owners Royal Navy

(HMS) Charles and Henry

This purchased 6 gun fireship was at anchor in Plymouth Sound on 29 November 1689 when forced by high winds to seek shelter in the Cattewater. Shortly after she had anchored a merchant vessel ran into her with such force that she parted her anchor cables, drifting onto nearby rocks where she capsized.

The wreck lay on the rocks until April 1690 when it was broken up (1).

Her captain, William Stone, drowned during the incident (3).






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(1) Hepper D., 1994, British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, Jean Boudriot Publications, pg 13
(2) Colledge J., 1969, Ships of the Royal Navy Vols 1 & 2, David and Charles,
(3) Winfield, R, 2009, British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing,pg 244