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GREENWICH (54) 4th rate Built in 1666, Woolwich.
Broken up in 1724.

  • 1692 Capt. Richard EDWARDS, with Adm Edward RUSSELL at Barfleur.
  • 1694 Capt. Frederick WEIGHMAN.
  • 1701 Capt. Cooper WADE, West Indies with Vice Adm. BENBOW. On 19th. August 1702 BENBOW in BREDA, with six other ships, DEFIANCE, PENDENNIS, WINDSOR, GREENWICH, RUBY and FALMOUTH, encountered a French squadron of four ships and a frigate, with four small vessels and a transport, sailing along the coast of Hispaniola near the mouth of the Rio Magdalena. DEFIANCE and WINDSOR were some miles astern, so, since they showed no desire to obey his order for action he ordered them to make more sail. The fight began at four o'clock, and continued until dark, DEFIANCE and WINDSOR exchanging only two or three broadsides before they hauled their wind and stood out of gun-shot, leaving BREDA under fire from the two rearmost French ships. The admiral kept in touch with the enemy all night and in the morning only RUBY was accompanying him. On the afternoon of the 20th. the French took advantage of a breeze and made what sail they could with BREDA and RUBY firing their chace-guns as they followed. In the morning they engaged the French again and RUBY was badly shattered; Neither GEFIANCE or WINDSOR fired a shot although they were abreast of the last ship in the enemy line. On the 21st. the GREENWICH was five leagues astern. On the 21st. the admiral's right leg was shattered by a chain shot and when Capt. KIRBY of DEFIANCE came on board he told BENBOW, "You had better desist, the French are very strong." The other captains were mostly of the same opinion so BENBOW returned to Jamaica and started court martial proceedings. On 6th. October KIRBY was tried, found guilty and sentenced to be shot. (See DEFIANCE) The same day Capt. CONSTABLE of WINDSOR was cleared of cowardice by the evidence of his officers; he was cashiered and imprisoned. The following day Capt. WADE, on the evidence of his officers, and the suggestion that he was drunk throughout, was also sentenced to be shot.

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