Le Mercure

Nominal Guns52NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down6.1769NNF-1715
First Commissioned1697NNF-1715
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
ConstructorEtienne HubacNNF-1715
CategoryFourth RateNNF-1715
National RateDeuxième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck137' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.502 (146′ 0″ Imperial)
Breadth36' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.7199 (38′ 5″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold16' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.2239 (17′ 1″ Imperial)


1697Broadside Weight = 324 French Livre (349.6608 lbs 158.598 kg)NNF-1661
Lower Gun Deck24 French 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 French 8-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle2 French 4-Pounder

1712Broadside Weight = 474 French Livre (511.5408 lbs 232.023 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck24 French 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle10 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
16973577 officers, 350 crewNNF-1715

2 Commanding Officers

1721Capitaine de FrégateChevalier Pierre de Blouet de Camilly (1666-1753)ref:6734.1746 - 15.9.1746Capitaine de VaisseauPierre Le Pelley de Tilly (1702-1753)FWIKI

1 Commissioned Officer

4.1746 - 15.9.1746Lieutenant de FrégateGeorges René Pléville le Pelley (1726-1805)FWIKI

Service History

13.8.1704Battle of Malaga
1712Refitted as a 60 gun Third Rate Ship of the Line
7.1.1741Action of January 7 1741
24.11.1746Taken by Namur (74) armed en-fluteBG

Notes on Ship


Admiralty Office, November 29,

On the 24th Instant his Majesty's Ship the Namur chased into the Squadron under the  Command of Vice-Admiral Anson, the Mercury , formerly a French Ship of War of 58 guns, but then serving as an Hospital Ship to the French Squadron lately commanded by the Duke D'Anville : She left Chiboctou in Acadia the 23d of October, with the remains of that Squadron, consisting of 6 Sail of the Line, several Frigates, and between 30 and 40 Merchant Men. The Mercury being a good Sailor was got a head of the French Squadron, and steering directly for Brest. 


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