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Le Mercure

13959
Nominal Guns52NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down6.1769NNF-1715
Acquired7.12.1696NNF-1715
First Commissioned1697NNF-1715
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
Constructor
Etienne Hubac (Sieur de Kervalennec)French
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1668-1724
NNF-1715
CategoryFourth RateNNF-1715
National RateSecond RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the LineNNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
Captured24.11.1746NNF-1715

Dimensions


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)
Burthen900Ton 

Armament


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

4 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
1721Capitaine de Frégate
Chevalier Pierre de Blouet de CamillyFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1751
ref:673
1733Capitaine de Vaisseau
Jean de Gouyon-Beaufort (Chevalier de Gouyon)French
Naval Sailor
Privateer
Service 1690-1733
ref:631
1740 - 1741Capitaine de Vaisseauref:6314.1746 - 15.9.1746Capitaine de Vaisseau
Pierre Le Pelley de TillyFrench
Naval Sailor
Privateer
Service 1742-1748
FWIKI

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
4.1746 - 15.9.1746Lieutenant de Frégate
Georges René Le Pelley de PlévilleFrench
Naval Sailor
Privateer
Marine
Service 1745-1798
FWIKI

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1721 - 1722Garde de la Marineref:673

1 Supernumerary


DatesRankNameSource
1733Commissaire de La Marine, of the squadron under La Luzerne
Joseph Marie RobertFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Service 1731-1752
ref:673

Service History


DateEventSource
13.8.1704Battle of Malaga
1712Refitted as a 60 gun Third Rate Ship of the Line
1733

In the fleet under La Luzerne in the Baltic .

ref:631
7.1.1741Action of January 7 1741
24.11.1746Taken by
Namur (74) 1746-1749
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
armed en-flute
BG


Notes on Ship


CaptureBG

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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